The crowd accused Awdhesh Kumar Savita of luring Hindus on the pretext of attending a satsang, a religious group meeting traditional for Indian religions, where they were allegedly forced to consume beef and made to walk on pictures of Hindu gods and goddesses to prove their conversion to Christianity.
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Awadhesh denied that he had forced anyone to convert to Christianity and filed an official complaint against some 25 Bajrang Dal members and 200 unidentified people, who witnessed his torture.
“I have been practicing Christianity for the last few years. But I have never insisted on converting anybody,” the 35-year-old was quoted as having told the police.
Sangam Jatav, one of the assailants who filed a counter-complaint, alleged that one month ago Awadhesh and some of his friends “promised me a job and financial help if I agreed to meet some of their associates. But on reaching there, they took me to a church and forced me to walk on the posters of Hindu gods and goddesses and eat beef,” the 30-year-old said. He added that there were six persons in the church at that time and they declared that he had been converted to Christianity because he had eaten beef.
This 'militant Hindu group' obviously knows nothing about Christianity except that they don't like it. There is no possibility that this guy's story is true, but we shouldn't be surprised, they made up lies about Jesus too, before they crucified Him.
Rejoice Awdhesh, you have been counted worthy.
So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. Acts 5:41.
The police superintendent said that the rest of the group involved in the proceedings “are currently hiding out” while the police are “conducting raids to arrest them.” He also said the police are probing the charges that Awadhesh was forcing conversions.
Jalaun District is home to many religious communes, and is sensitive in terms of religion, with even minor incidents apt to spark unrest. There are 41 big temples in Jalaun town, compared to only 33 schools and colleges.
The Bajrang Dal group is known for enforcing a program of reconversion to Hinduism in the area. Forced reconversion, no doubt!
|Jalaun district, Uttar Pradesh, India|