Christians beaten mercilessly for refusing to participate in non-Christian prayers

  March 31, 2016

  Chhattisgarh, Dantewada

  Complicity of Authorities, Damage to Property, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault

On 31 March 2016, the Panchayat wanted to perform a puja which is done as a respect to the soil and grain before the sowing season. The Christians refused to participate in the puja or make any contributions towards it.

The Sarpanch and the panchayat summoned and warned the believers to stop attending church and further sought to force them to attend puja and worship village gods. When villagers refused, they were beaten mercilessly.

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