Christians in Odisha state experienced massive attacks that began in a similar fashion.
A Hindu mob drove 84 Christians out of their homes in eastern India after the Christians refused to convert back to Hinduism.
The Christian families, who have been followers of Christ for 8-10 years, live in three villages in the Kondagaon district in Chhattisgarh state. In late September, after several confrontations between Hindu villagers and the Christians, a mob of more than 600 people formed and began vandalizing the Christians’ homes and property. After the believers escaped into the jungle, the mob set up a tent on the main highway to cook and eat the chicken and rice stolen from the Christians’ homes. The following day, the mob vandalized more Christians’ homes in two other villages. For now, all the women and children from among the 84 Christians displaced have been relocated to other villages. When a VOM worker met with some of the Christians recently, one told him, “Being a human, I was filled with anger, but I was reminded that Jesus taught us to forgive our enemy. I know some of the people who were part of the angry crowd, but I prayed and forgave them.”