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India: Hindu radical ‘anoints’ Christians with water and cow dung to ‘purify’ them from their faith

Persecution of Christians in India: as Hindu mobs continue to target them, the Christians of India today are being called upon to have the courage and perseverance of the Holy Martyrs. They are in urgent need of protection from government and law enforcement authorities who, all too often, side with their persecutors. In India, as in so many other nations, the persecution of Christians continues to become more commonplace and aggressive by the day, while authorities do nothing to stop it, or — as we see in this story — actively abet it.

For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in India, see here.

“Hindu radical ‘anoints’ Christians with water and cow dung, as if they were Dalits,” by Nirmala Carvalho, Asia Times, February 8, 2020:

Mumbai (AsiaNews) – A man chasing a group of Christians to “anoint” them with water mixed with cow dung in order to “purify” them from their faith is the prime character in a video posted yesterday on social media.

The incident, which occurred in Machilipatnam Mandal, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, has been viewed thousands of times.

For Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), this is but latest episode of discrimination against India’s Christian minority.

“This,” he told AsiaNews, “is the pathetic situation in which Christians live, dishonoured in public because they praise the name of Jesus.”

“Water and cow dung are usually used for purification rituals, especially if Dalits touch something making the place or object ‘impure’,” George explained.

“Below the video, someone wrote that ‘Christian pastors came to foist their propaganda and conversions but were chased away by throwing water mixed with dung on their faces.”

“In Telugu-speaking states (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana), such an action is considered an appalling way to show displeasure towards visitors.”

In Hinduism the cow is holy. Some groups of fanatical Hindu nationalists who call themselves ‘cow vigilantes’ believe they have the right to use violence against anyone who does not worship these animals…

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