NEW DELHI (MS, TAB) — A ban on non-Hindu religious activity adopted by more than 50 villages in an area of Chhattisgarh, India, could lead to widespread persecution of Christians and other minority groups, according to a church leader.
The resolutions were passed under the pretext of stopping alleged forcible conversions of Hindus.
At a press conference July 11, Christian organizations demanded revocation of the bans, threatening to go to court against them. Arun Pannalal, president of the Chhattisgarh Christian Forum, said the ban was a blatant violation of fundamental rights enshrined in India’s constitution.
The resolution in Sirisguda village resulted in the denial of food rations to 52 Christian families. The impoverished Christian families asked government officials for help, but Hindu extremists gathered and beat them with clubs and stones, shouting, “There is no place for Christians in the village.”
The attack sent 10 Christians to a hospital with severe injuries, according to the Evangelical Fellowship of India.
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