Samari Kasabi, 55, a Christian from Dokawaya village in Chhattisgarh, was killed in a brutal attack, which resulted in the conversion under pressure of many Christians to Hinduism.
Lhe mob was actually looking for his son Sukura, 35, and his family when they finally decided to kill Samari in his place. The family had already experienced pressure, and suffered kidnapping by the Indian communist group, the Naxalites, because of their Christian faith. They were released after telling activists that they were praying for the sick and poor in the village. Despite the positive testimony of some activists in favor of the family, she remained hunted and under pressure.
Following the terrible lynching and the death of Samari in these despicable circumstances, other Christians in the village renounced their faith to escape the violence.
The NGO Open Doors was able to visit Sakura.
“Since the day I came to faith, no Christian leader from anywhere has visited us. It is the first time that someone has come and prayed for us. Thank you so much… "
Attacks against Christians have been on the rise since 2013 in India. Christians represent only 2,3% of an 80% Hindu population. It is forbidden to convert to Christianity in 5 states in India. Other states are considering introducing this law as well. The Indian government, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a Hindu nationalist group, has been accused of turning a blind eye to attacks on religious minorities.
Photo credit : Open Doors UK
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