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Christians in Indian village 'fined if they worship publicly'

Half a dozen villagers were beaten up because they practice Christianity

Updated: July 05, 2016 10:35 AM GMT
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Christians who worship publicly in their east Indian village will be fined by the police says a Christian Daily report.

Police have forced the Christians from the village in the state of Jharkhand to agree that they will only worship in their homes or else pay 10,000 rupees (US$150) fines and face other punishments unspecified by the report.

"We were forced to sign the bond, we have no other choice as we have nowhere else to stay except in the village," Pastor Ravi told Christian Daily.

The police threat of fines follows reports of attacks against Christians in the village by Hindu hardliners who demanded that they give up their faith. Six Christians were beaten up by the hardliners in June, said the report.

Jharkhand, with a population of 33 million people, now has some 1.4 million Christians, most of whom are indigenous people or those belonging to the Dalit or former untouchable castes.

The state's 4.5 percent Christian population is almost double that of the national average.

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