State in Central India witnesses spike in Christian persecution
According to Mission Network News (MNN), attacks on Christians in India’s Chhattisgarh state have increased following hate speeches and anti-Christian rallies led by radical Hindu nationalist leaders. In just the first week of November, two Christian communities in Chhattisgarh were brutally attacked by mobs of radicals.
On the 2nd of November, a mob of radical Hindu nationalists stormed into a Christian gathering in Biler village, located in the Dhamteri District. The mob ruthlessly beat two pastors, burned Bibles, and demanded that the Christians stop holding worship services in the village.
On the 6th of November, another mob attacked 14 Christian home in Metapal village, located in the Datewada District. According to local sources, the radicals attacked the Christians to make Metapal a “Christian-free” village. As a result of the attack, nine Christians were seriously injured, including three who were hospitalized in critical condition.
Both incidents took place after several anti-Christian rallies were held in Chhattisgarh. At one of these rallies, a Hindu priest called for the beheading of those who cause Hindus to convert to Christianity. This rally was attended by several state government leaders belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).