Chhattisgarh Mob Violence: The Violent Avatar Of The Old Politics Of Conversion ( Outlook India )

Recently there has been a series of violent incidents in villages in the Narayanpur and Kondagoan districts related to issues of forced conversion and reconversion creating an environment of tension and mistrust.

Recently a mob comprising Hindu right-wing groups vandalised a church in Narayanpur, Chhattisgarh Outlook Photo/ Special Arrangement

Chhattisgarh’s Bastar division is again in the news for increasing tension over ‘forced conversion’ leading to a new episode of violence. According to media reports, on January 2 a mob vandalized a church and attacked police personnel who tried to stop them. The incident took place after a group of Adivasis organised a protest meeting against the alleged forced conversion in a village in the Narayanpur district. In a different incident on January 1, Christian Adivasis and non-Christian Adivasis in Gorra village clashed with each other leaving many villagers and some policemen injured. These two incidents of violence occurred merely two weeks after hundreds of Adivasi Christians were forcefully evicted from their villages in Narayanpur and Kondagaon districts, allegedly by right-wing groups who were trying to reconvert them to Hinduism under the name of Ghar Wapsi.

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