Christians Beaten, Ostracized in Odisha, India

  June 10, 2013

  Malkangiri, Odisha

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault

Hindu extremists allegedly from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh have launched a series of attack against the Christian in Dangarguda, Malkangiri district.

In the latest attack on 10 June, about 70 Hindu villagers attack the Christians and the Koya Christian leaders with swords, rods and woods. Four Christians were badly injured and were hospitalised. Two houses, two bicycles, one motor bike of the Christians were also damaged.

Since April, the Christians in the village were boycotted from fetching water from the public well because of their faith in Christ. Subsequently, the Christian started drinking from the river. However, because of the heavy rain, they were not able to drink from the river as it became muddy. On 8 May, a Christian woman, Mongli Madhi went to get water from the public well. However, three Hindu extremists stopped her and beat her up severely and broke her water buckets and pots.

The next morning, the three Hindu extremists from the previous day came and beat her up again in her home in the absence of her husband. Mongli sustained injuries.

At the time of writing this news, the Christians have relocated to another area for safety measures.

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