Pray for 7 Christian families forced to flee village in Jharkhand in India after facing intimidation, harassment, threats from local fundamentalist group, HJM and 3 families forcefully converted to Hinduism
7 Christian families were forced to flee their village in #Jharkhand state in India after facing intimidation, harassment and threats from a local fundamentalist group, Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM). 3 other families were forcefully converted to Hinduism.
Hindu Jagran Manch is affiliated to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the religious arm of the Rashtryia Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), which is the ideological arm of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party led by President Modi, which retained power in the recent elections of India. The displaced families, including one pregnant woman, from Masiya Mahuwatoli village, Gumla district, Jharkhand state, have sought refuge in neighboring villages.
On June 12, representatives of HJM made a list of Christian families in Masiya Mahuwatoli village, who were then instructed to renounce their faith and convert to Hinduism. At the instigation of the HJM, a crowd of approximately 200 villagers became violent when the families refused to change their religion. Threats included excommunication, land confiscation, prohibition from using the village road, prevention from accessing communal water and exclusion from government rations.