Hindu priest calls for beheading Christians in India
24/10/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – According to The Wire, a Hindu priest in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh called for the beheading of Christians at a rally attended by members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Many Christians in Chhattisgarh fear the priest’s comments could spark a new wave of anti-Christian violence statewide.
Speaking at a rally on October 1, Swami Parmatmanand called for targeted assassinations of Christians involved in alleged forced conversions. The rally brought together many BJP members including Ramvichar Netam, Nand Kumar Sai and Anurag Singh Deo.
“Behead them … those who come to convert,Parmatmanand told people gathered for the rally. “Now you are going to say that I spread hatred even though I am a saint. But sometimes it’s important to light the fire. I tell you; whoever comes to your house, street, neighborhood, village, does not forgive them.“
Parmatmanand is a prominent Hindutva leader in Chhattisgarh and is known for his violent anti-minority rhetoric. In the past he has called for the murder of individuals involved in cow trafficking.
“Cow killers should be slaughtered with glass bullets,Parmatmanand said in 2017.
The October 1 rally, titled “Stop Religious Conversions,” was organized by Sarwa Sanatan Hindu Raksha Manch, a coalition of Hindutva supporters in Chhattisgarh. In recent months, BJP politicians and Hindutva leaders have used the issue of religious conversions to generate political support and anti-minority sentiments.
Across India, the false account of fraudulent massive conversions to Christianity and Islam is being used to justify laws limiting religious freedom and anti-minority violence. In nine states where anti-conversion laws have been enacted, including Chhattisgarh, radical Hindu nationalists are allowed to terrorize religious minorities with impunity.
Using the narrative adopted by Parmatmanand and other nationalists, the radicals wrongly accuse their victims of engaging in religious conversions to justify violence. Unfortunately, these accusations are often accepted by local authorities.
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