INDIA Demolished tribal Christian church in Chhattisgarh (VIDEO)
The incident reportedly took place recently in the village of Telanga Para. Local Christians have also been accused of forced conversions. “Tensions and fear are high in the village following this episode,” said the president of the World Council of Indian Christians.
New Delhi (AsiaNews) – A church belonging to the tribal community of Telanga Para (Chhattisgarh) was recently demolished without warning.
Some families in the Kondagaon district built the place of worship last February but other residents first vandalized it and then destroyed it, claiming it was on public land.
âTribal Christians were targeted for their faith and the church was demolished without warning,â said Sajan K. George, president of the World Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). “Tensions and fear are high in the village following this episode.”
According to the local tehsildar (government tax official), notification of the demolition was given two weeks before the church was demolished.
Instead, tribal Christians are complaining that houses have been built illegally in the village while the authorities have taken no action against such violations.
âCharges of forced conversions have also been brought against tribal Christians,â George noted. âThey are baseless. The question of conversion is a way for the right to gain support and sow discord and suspicion against tribal Christians. “