“Our sacred Indian constitution guarantees religious freedom. Why are our tribals treated like second-class citizens?”
Asia News reports the words of Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (Gcic), who condemns the violence that took place in the village of Sihdhwaram, in the Indian region of Chhattisgarh, on the night of 25 November last.
From 2 am until the first light of dawn, a crowd attacked a tent where some Christians slept who had celebrated the preparation for Christmas the previous day. It is not possible to reconstruct the situation precisely because the area has been isolated, while the police deny that there has been violence. Yet there is talk of hundreds of injured and even dead, even if the news has not been confirmed.
Unfortunately, the region is not new to such incidents: “Vulnerable Christians are continually persecuted in Chhatisgarh.” Sajan K George continues, “Things are getting worse during the Covid-19 pandemic, so that the faithful are oppressed and crushed. In secular India, they live in fear, fearing for their lives.”