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Armed mob attacks tribal Christians in India, burns their Bibles and attempts to rape young woman



Amid tensions in southern parts of the east Indian state of Chhattisgarh, a mob of 50 people armed with homemade weapons attacked a community of 100 Christians, injuring at least 27, and attempted to rape a young woman, according to persecution watchdogs.

The Christians were attacked after midnight on Nov. 24, hours after they held a meeting to plan the observance of the Advent season and to celebrate the birth of a child in their community in Singawaram village of Sukma district in southern Chhattisgarh, the U.K.-based Christians Solidarity Worldwide reported.

The mob, comprised of men from the same tribe who were not Christian, also burned Bibles and damaged motorcycles belonging to the Christians, CSW said, adding that the attackers accused the Christians of destroying the local culture by practicing a foreign religion.

The U.S.-based Morning Star News, which reports on Christian persecution worldwide, said the attackers were carrying bamboo sticks, iron rods, bows and arrows, and iron sickles. They attacked a home, where about 25 friends and family were sleeping, as well as an adjoining church hall, where about 30 Christians were sleeping, it added.

“They beat up the children as well as the women who were cooking food outside,” a 21-year-old survivor, Laxman Mandavi, was quoted as saying. “While the children were beaten up with hands and feet, the others were shot at with arrows and beaten up with iron rods.”

Mandavi said four of the attackers attempted to rape a young Christian woman whom they found in a room. “The attackers surrounded an unmarried sister and tore her clothes, attempting to rape her. When she started screaming loudly, they dragged her outside and beat her black and blue. She sustained severe internal injuries.”

Another victim, 24-year-old Laxshu Madkam, was quoted as saying: “It was complete mayhem, and people were running to save their lives. I received two cuts on my back. My motorbike was broken. The attackers broke 10 more motorbikes. They pulled the petrol pipes out of 20 more bikes and let the fuel flow.”

Mandavi said some villagers had threatened his father about two months ago. “They planned to attack us, and nearly two months ago had even threatened that they will beat us. We know and recognize everyone who attacked us. Our relationship with them has been cordial historically, but we suspect that outsiders have provoked them against us.”

In three separate attacks, tribal villagers vandalized 16 houses belonging to Christians from the same tribe and attacked at least one tribal Christian woman, according to StoriesAsia, which said most of the Christian women in those villages had been living alone as male family members had fled into jungles for safety at the time.

The Bilaspur High Court later passed an order in a Public Interest Litigation filed by 12 Christians to seek security for the displaced Christians, the U.S.-based persecution watchdog International Christian Concern reported at the time.

“A few men attacked me and tore my clothes,” a Christian woman was quoted as saying.

“I kept pleading with them but they kept beating me. My only fault was that I follow Christianity,” said another woman.

Tensions in the villages in Kondagaon began after a local tribal priest, identified as Lakum Poyam, claimed that a goddess of the tribe had claimed ownership over those villages.

“Our deity has ordered that all the tribal people in the neighboring villages be united together. I participated in all the meetings where the conversion of Christians to Hinduism was planned. I have been telling the villagers about our goddess’ order for a while,” Poyam told StoriesAsia.

“I have a worship room in my house with a wooden structure in it. During the annual festival in the village, the goddess possesses the most suitable young man, who then carries that piece of wood. The wood then leads the man to a village, and the goddess then becomes the owner of that village,” he added.

“This shows that the ancestors of all these villages were the same. So how can anyone in those villages even think of practicing other religions?”

The attacks against tribal Christians are taking place amid radical Hindu groups’ campaign to stop the country’s tribal, or indigenous, people from converting to Christianity. These groups have been demanding that the government ban those who convert from receiving education and employment opportunities.

Most tribals do not identify as Hindus; they have diverse religious practices and many worship nature. However, the government’s Census deems them to be Hindu.

India is ranked at No. 10 on Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List of the countries where it’s most difficult to be a Christian. Open Doors notes that converts to Christianity from a Hindu background are “especially vulnerable to persecution” and are constantly under pressure to return to Hinduism.
Sources:Christian Post


അൽ-അക്സാ പള്ളി അക്രമത്തില്‍ ഇസ്രയേലിന് ഹമാസിന്‍റെ മുന്നറിയിപ്പ്



റംസാന്‍ മാസത്തിലെ അവസാനത്തെ വെള്ളിയാഴ്ച വിശുദ്ധഭൂമിയില്‍ ഇസ്രയേല്‍‌ നടത്തിയ അക്രമത്തിനെതിരെ ലോക സമൂഹം ഒറ്റക്കെട്ടായി പ്രതിഷേധിച്ചു. ഇസ്ലാം മതത്തെ സംബന്ധിച്ച് മൂന്നാമത്തെ ഏറ്റവും വിശുദ്ധ സ്ഥലമാണ് അൽ-അക്സാ പള്ളി സംയുക്തം. ഈ സ്ഥലം യഹൂദന്മാരുടെയും ഏറ്റവും പുണ്യസ്ഥലമാണ്, അവർ ഇതിനെ ക്ഷേത്ര പര്‍വ്വതം എന്ന് വിളിക്കുകയും വേദപുസ്തക ക്ഷേത്രങ്ങൾ നിലകൊള്ളുന്ന സ്ഥലമായി അതിനെ ആരാധിക്കുകയും ചെയ്യുന്നു. ക്രിസ്തുമതവും ഈ പ്രദേശത്തെ വുശുദ്ധമായ ആരാധിക്കുന്നു. എന്നാല്‍ ഇന്ന് ഇസ്രായേൽ-പലസ്തീൻ അക്രമത്തിന്‍റെ ഒരു പ്രധാന കേന്ദ്രമാണ് ഈ വിശുദ്ധ പ്രദേശം. ഇന്നലെ രാത്രിയില്‍‌ അൽ-അക്സാ പള്ളിക്ക് സമീപം എന്താണ് സംഭവിച്ചതെന്ന കാര്യത്തില്‍ ഇപ്പോഴും ആശയകുഴപ്പം നിലനില്‍ക്കുകയാണ്. വിശുദ്ധമാസത്തിലെ അവസാന വെള്ളിയാഴ്ച രാത്രി ഏതാണ്ട് 70,000 ത്തോളം പാലസ്തീനികള്‍ അൽ-അക്സയിൽ നടന്ന റമദാൻ പ്രാർത്ഥനയിൽ പങ്കെടുത്തതായി സൈറ്റിന്റെ മേൽനോട്ടം വഹിക്കുന്ന ഇസ്ലാമിക് എൻ‌ഡോവ്‌മെന്‍റ് അറിയിച്ചു. വിശാലമായ ആ കുന്നില്‍ മുകളില്‍ രാത്രിയിലുണ്ടായ അക്രമത്തില്‍ 200 ല്‍ പരം സാധാരണക്കാര്‍ക്ക് പരിക്കേറ്റു. രണ്ട് പേര്‍ മരിച്ചു. പരിക്കേറ്റവരിൽ 88 പേരെ ആശുപത്രിയിൽ പ്രവേശിപ്പിച്ചതായി പലസ്തീൻ റെഡ് ക്രസന്‍റ് എമർജൻസി സർവീസ് പറഞ്ഞു. അക്രമത്തില്‍‌ 17 ഇസ്രയേല്‍ പൊലീസുകാര്‍ക്ക് പരിക്കേറ്റതായി ഇസ്രായേൽ പൊലീസും പറയുന്നു.

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Anti-Conversion Law Cripples Another Family in Madhya Pradesh



India – On April 4, 2021, Madhya Pradesh police sheltered a pastor and his family from a murderous mob of 300 Hindu radicals.

According to Morning Star News, Pastor Manu Damor and his wife, Asha finished the Easter evening service when five men began interrogating him and his family and became irritated when Pastor Manu refused them. Later, 300 Hindu extremists attacked the family and four other couples.

Some men started destroying the motorbike, and others broke through the windows, attacking the family’s home, other men tearing off the roof to get inside. “We will kill you and send your dead bodies from here,” one of the Hindu extremists said. Police came in time to stop the mob from burning the house down.

Police detained the family inside the police station for their safety. However, members of the mob harassed the police and filed a false First Information Report (FIR) claimed the pastor and his wife bribed Leela Bai to become a Christian. With no other evidence, police charged the couple under the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religious Ordinance, 2020, now known as the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 2021. The law criminalizes religious conversions by “misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, inducement (or allurement) or by any fraudulent means or by marriage.”

Pastor Manu and his wife were not aware of the claims against them nor informed of the charges until brought before a magistrate. They had their three small children with them at the time, 4, 5, and 18 months old. For two weeks, Asha sat in a cell with 23 other prisoners until finally, on April 12, she posted bail and returned to her children. The Session Court, Morning Star News said, refused bail for Pastor Manu and will assign him a new lawyer.

The Christian community does not trust the police to protect them, believing that the police will side with the Hindu extremists to avoid conflict.

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