On 27th February 2018, Christians families were left bruised, shocked, display of hatred, intolerance, discrimination and violence against them for being a Christian in Tangaguda Village in Malkangiri, Odisha.
This village have three Christians family lives here. One of the believer daughter aged 2 years passed away. As they got ready with the preparations for her last rites and burial on the family property, the local villagers stopped the funeral and the demanded that they bury the body of the child outside the village. Believer told the villagers that he has the right to bury the child on his own property. Ultimately the villagers conceded that the family may bury the child on their land, only after fixing a payment of Rs. 5000/- as “penalty amount”. After paying the villagers and the burial of their child, the family retired for the night.
Later in the night, around 12.30 am, this mob 25-30 local village hindutva extremist trespassed illegally into this believer’s property, in an intoxicated state. They laid hold of the grieving mother. She heard the attackers planning to take diesel and set her ablaze. By the grace and mercy of God, she managed to give them the slip and fled for her life, in the cover of darkness, into the nearby jungle.
This believer and his 12-year old daughter were not spared. She was brutally beaten and hit severely on the head with horrific and critical injuries. Both were left unconscious after the violent beating. The 2nd Christian neighbor who came to their rescue was overpowered by the mob who also brutally beat and broke his leg, leaving him unconscious. Cash of Rs. 10,000/- was stolen from his house and his cycle damaged beyond repair.
The 3rd Christian neighbor also suffered the same bloody and vicious attack and was left unconscious with a broken left hand. The persecutors left the bloody crime scene. When the other believers learned about what transpired, they contacted the local Pastor who arranged for all the Christians to be rescued from the village. The 6 victims who survived this senseless act of violence, with varying degrees of critical wounds, are currently admitted and being treated in the local government hospital.
This believer home has been completely burnt and razed to the ground. The families have been left bruised and dumbfounded with this deadly display of hatred, intolerance, discrimination and violence against them. Another Christian who heard about this incident helped the Christians in filing a Police complaint and they have been booked under IPC 1860, for the following sections: #323, #4542, # 427, #380, #506, # 153-A and #34. On the 01st of March, Police negotiated a “Peace agreement” between the 2 parties. However, the case registered against the persecutors stand.