Sunday Worship ceased, Christian men and women were manhandled at Rayagada, Odisha

  June 19, 2017

  Odisha, Rayagada

  Anti-Conversion Laws, Complicity of Authorities, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault, Restrictions on religious assembly, Social Ostracism

  Scheduled Tribes

On 19th June 2017, Christians gathered for the Sunday worship at one of the believers house at Rayagada, Odisha.

A group of 30 hindutva activists women along with villagers barged in to the house where the congregation had been worshiping for six months. They broke into front and back entrances and dragged 12 Christians out.

They were around 90 people mostly women. Around 300 villagers are waiting outside to beat them up. All the Christians, men and women, were manhandled with sticks and lathis, kicked them and used foul language against women believers. and were demanded that they can’t run a church in the village if they continued there will be dire consequences.

Later in the evening, Christians submitted a written complaint at Rayagada Police station. At the time of submitting the complaint Christians were told, since the in-charge of the Police station is not present they would have to next day. Also, Christians were not given any receiving of the complaint. Presently, 30 Christians are at the police station including pastor.

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