Villagers had organized a meeting to set some norms for the Christians that they won’t be allowed to practice Christians faith in the village

  May 19, 2018

  Jharkhand, West Singhbhum

  Complicity of Authorities, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Restrictions on religious assembly, Social Ostracism

  Scheduled Tribes


On 19th May 2018, Villagers had organized a meeting to set some norms for the Christians that they won’t be allowed to practice Christians faith in Baranga village, West Singhbhum Dist of Jharkhand.

In the meeting it was decided that Christians won’t be allowed to conduct prayer meetings. It was deliberated that if Christians gathered for the Sunday prayer meeting they would be beaten up and the pastor who would be leading the worship would get beaten up too to the extent that he would be dead. If Christians prayed for any unwell person in the village still they would get beaten up. All the villagers forcefully carry out ‘Gharwapasi’ (reconversion back to previous religion) on those who have accepted Christian faith. If the Christians did not abide by the terms of the villagers, they will be socially ostracized.

Christians have made representation to the local police, but no action has been taken as well as sent a representation to Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in the post. Christians have called up local police station in charge at Manoharpur but there was no response. Also, a call was made to DSP who promised to follow up with local PS and asked affected Christians to come and meet him in his office.


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