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Aggression against Christians to convert to Hinduism

The attack on a Pentecostal Church followers was in Chhattisgarh state.


Alleged Hindu extremists attacked members of a Pentecostal Church in Kohkameta in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh, causing several injuries.

Some Christians were dragged out of the church and beaten with sticks, while the attackers asked them to ‘reconvert’ to Hinduism. Other villagers were forced to sign statements renouncing Christianity, said a report in Vatican news service Fides.

It quoted Indian Christian Activist Network to say that the attack intended to put an end to all Christian activities in the village. Despite death threats, the Christians reported the incident to the police and the media.

In India murders, burning of sacred sites, fires of religious institutions occur in the name of an ideology, Hindutva, which is pursuing the project of India as a Hindu nation, said Bishop Felix Machado of Vasai, President of the Office for Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue in the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC), in a recent statement.

He explained that conversions to other religions "are seen as a threat to India's national integrity and a key factor for the alleged decline of Hinduism. The issue of religious freedom in India has become extremely complex in recent years. Several Indian States have enacted anti-conversion laws, measures which effectively limit religious freedom."

Source: Agenzia Fides

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