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India: Tribal Christians In Chhattisgarh Flee Villages, Seek Shelter In Churches Amid Increase In Attacks

Christianity has been in India since apostolic times, brought there by St. Thomas the Apostle in A.D. 52, as attested by St. Ephraim, St. John Chrysostom and St. Gregory the Theologian, among others. St. Thomas was martyred in India in A.D. 72. Today the Malankara Orthodox Church of the East still survives there, an apostolic Church that broke with Holy Orthodoxy over the Council of Chalcedon in 451. There also remains a small number of Orthodox Christians under the jurisdiction of the the Holy Metropolis of Singapore.

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

“Tribal Christians In Chhattisgarh Flee Villages, Seek Shelter In Churches Amid Increase In Attacks,” by Bobins Abraham, India Times, December 22, 2022:

Since last week hundreds of tribal Christians have reportedly fled from their villages in the Narayanpur district.

Tribal Christians have been protesting for days at the district collector’s office in Narayanpur against alleged atrocities faced by them.

Protestors from 14 villages of the tribal-dominated district have claimed that they were assaulted and evicted from their homes for converting to Christianity.

Ahead of Christmas, the biggest festival for Christians worldwide, the community in Chhattisgarh is witnessing increased attacks targeting their houses.

Since last week hundreds of tribal Christians have reportedly fled from their villages in the Narayanpur district.

According to the Chhattisgarh Christian Forum, over a hundred people, including women, have taken shelter in a stadium in Narayanpur while many others have been accommodated at other places, including churches.

The Chhattisgarh Christian Forum on Wednesday met state governor Anusuiya Uikey and submitted a memorandum seeking an end to the continued atrocities against the community.

Tribal Christians have been protesting for days at the district collector’s office in Narayanpur against alleged atrocities faced by them.

Protestors from 14 villages of the tribal-dominated district have claimed that they were assaulted and evicted from their homes for converting to Christianity.

“At least 60 Christian families were assaulted by miscreants in the last two months. Around 200 Christian families have been evicted from their houses in 12 to 14 villages and the places of worship were vandalised,” Sukhman Potai, the president of Narayanpur Christian society, claimed on Monday.

“We have been sitting in the open in front of the collectorate amid winter chill since Sunday evening, but no one paid attention to our grievances. We will not end the demonstration till FIRs are lodged for the incidents of atrocities,” Potai said….

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