Christian families attacked, expelled from Village

There has been a new episode of violence by Hindu fundamentalists against Christians in Orissa. The attack took place on June 8 in the village of Sikapai, district of Rayagada. According to local pastor Upajukta Singh, the village is home to 40 families 8 of them Christian. The extremists destroyed the homes of the Christians, then expelled them from their native village. The mob came from a nearby center: "They could not tolerate the presence of these Christian families," explains Pastor Singh. Pastor Singh said the Hindus had previously humiliated some Christian women when they went to fetch water. They even broke the bore well, forcing the women to go home empty-handed. "I admire their strong faith in Jesus despite pain, agony and fear in life they are continuing the faith which they have been practising for last fourteen years. The displaced faithful are now taking shelter in the forest," the pastor said.” Nori Konjaka, one of the victims, confirms that the attackers "can destroy our homes, but not our faith in Jesus". A complaint was filed at the Kalyansingpur Police Station. Father Purushottam Nayak, a priest of the diocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, adds: “The district of Rayagada is located in a mountainous region rich in natural resources, but also plagued by poverty caused by the lack of development. Self-motivated extremists attack the tiny Christian tribal community by denying religious freedom and the most basic human rights to these populations in Orissa, but also in the neighbouring states of Chattisgarh and Jharkhand. Not even the pandemic has stopped them”. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) President Sajan K George told AsiaNews: "We strongly condemn the attack on Christians by Hindu extremists in the Rayagada district. The extremist right continues their reign of terror against the poor and vulnerable Christians of Orissa. Secular India has a constitution that should guarantee religious freedom, but we already know that the complaint presented to the Kalyansingpur police station will not bring justice to the victims and will not discourage further attacks and threats."

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Village
Number of victims 20 Identity of victim Christians
Location of incident Village Was cross FIR filed 0
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

Investigating agency Victim's lawyer
Role of police Unsatisfactory Current status FIR not filed
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Date of incident: June 08, 2021
Nature of Violence
  • Harassment
  • Physical assault
  • Threat
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • No. of People Injured 8
    Name of the victim : Nori Konjaka & Ors
    Name of Perpetrator Local Hindu Extremists
    State Odhisa
    District/City Rayagada
    Party In Power / Incidents BJD - Biju Janata Dal
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