Church leaders refute claim of tribal conversions in central India (UCANews)

A weekly claimed some 25 tribal people embraced Christianity in Chhattisgarh violating the anti-conversion law

Youths take part in a Hindu festival in Noida in Uttar Pradesh on April 17, 2022. (Photo: Bijay Kumar Minj)

By Bijay Kumar Minj

Church leaders in the central Indian Chhattisgarh state have refuted a pro-Hindu publication’s claim that 25 tribal people converted to Christianity.

Organizer Weekly, considered the mouthpiece of the influential Hindu group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), on Feb. 29 reported that five families comprising 25 members in the state’s Bemetra district converted to Christianity.

Bishop Paul Toppo of Raigarh, who is based in the area said that “it is a political tactic” of the Hindu groups ahead of the national elections.

“We are not surprised by the news. It is their tactic,” Bishop Toppo told UCA News on March 1.

“Even during the state elections in November last year in Chhattisgarh, Hindu groups used the same tactics to divide people in the name of caste, creed and religion,” he said.

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