On 26 August 72 Dalit “untouchable” Christians in Uttar Pradesh were re-converted to Hinduism inside an SDA church in Asroi that had been seized and turned into a Hindu Temple.
The police have stepped in to ease sectarian tensions. On 28 August they prevented Hindu nationalists seizing a church in nearby Hasayan. The ceremony of re-conversion of 15 Christians into Hinduism then had to take place in a private home.
The government gives the Dalits benefits to alleviate their poverty, but when they convert to Christianity the government stops these benefits. Discrimination against them as Dalits continues, only without the benefits. The missionaries of Hindutva are exploiting this to lure desperately poor Dalit Christians back into the Hindu fold with economic benefits.
Source: Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin
- Pray for those who were forced to convert to Hinduism; ask the Lord to give them the strength to return to the one true God. Pray He will take away any fear of man and give them an eternal perspective.
- Pray the Lord will protect all Dalit Christians in the area and provide all their needs abundantly.
- Pray the authorities will do their utmost to stamp out discrimination of Dalits in India.