Village council forced Christians to reconvert or face with dire consequences

  November 3, 2017

  Jharkhand, Palamu

  Complicity of Authorities, Damage to Property, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Restrictions on religious assembly


On 3rd November 2017, Village council forced Christians to change faith or face with dire consequences at Amwatad Village, Chandawa, Latehar District of Jharkhand.

Around 10 hindutva activists barged in to the house where the meeting was going on with intention to disrupt the prayer meeting and to make panic within the believers.

At the same time, almost 35 villagers turned up at the main entrance gate of the house with wooden rods and sharp objects. All of them forcefully entered in the house as well and vandalized the house.

Following the incident, a complaint was submitted to the Chandawa Police Station on 4 Nov 2017 however it did not turn into FIR nor any legal action was taken against he perpetrators rather same copy of the complaint was passed on to village council head and its members by police.

On 09 Nov 2017 Christians were called at the village council meeting and pressure was exerted on them to accept their former faith, Sarna religion. When Christians refused to comply, they were threatened of their lives and were warned that they will be ostracized from the village. Furthermore, property belonging to Christians will be destroyed and their owned lands will be forcefully take away from them.

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