Brutal murder of 22-year-old latest incident in escalation of violence against Christians in India (Higher Ground Times)

By Peter Lawson and Global Christian Relief – Higher Ground Partner

Violence against Christians in India’s Chhattisgarh state recently reached marked a new level of escalation with the brutal murder of a young Christian man.

On May 4, 2024, 22-year-old Kosa Kawasi was fatally attacked by a mob of community members allegedly led by his uncle and cousin. After he converted to Christianity, Kawasi’s family and village attempted to evict him from the area and seize his assets. Some family members also pressured him to revert to his former faith, reportedly sending death threats.

Despite Kawasi’s reports to authorities seeking intervention, no police action was taken. The police have labeled the murder a result of a “property dispute.” Witnesses claim that is only partially true, as they say Kawasi’s uncle was motivated by religious hatred.

Kawasi’s wife, Jime, was also wounded in the attack, but escaped to a local hospital where she was treated for her injuries.

Five other Christian families have fled the region due to the incident.

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