Jharkhand village ostracizes families who converted to Christianity – The New Indian Express
Express news service
RANCHI: The gram sabha in the village of Mangapat Sirsai under the Majhgaon Police Station in West Singhbhum ostracized three tribal families who converted to Christianity in the presence of the police.
The decision was made after the gram sabha repeatedly urged families to return to Sarna Religion, but to no avail.
According to a diktat released by the gram sabha on Friday, converted families will not be allowed to use communal properties in the village. They will also be banned from free movement inside the village, will graze their cattle only on their own land, will not be invited to any meeting or social function, and no one will interact with them.
A meeting will also be held every Sunday to consider whether or not the villagers are complying with the ban imposed by the gram sabha.
According to Adivasi District Chairman Ho Samaj Yuva Mahasabha, Gabbar Singh Hembrom, if someone does not respect the ban imposed on the three families, they will be fined by the gram sabha.
The decision was made by a gram sabha, who was required to make a decision on the matter as it repeatedly caused unrest on social and religious occasions.
“The entire population of the village are followers of the Sarna religion, but Raut Bankira, Rajendra Bankira and Hiralal Bankira converted to Christianity with their families about a year ago. A few rounds of meetings were also held earlier asking them to return to our religion, but they refused to do so. Finally, a meeting was held on Friday where local police were also present and had the last chance to return home, but they again refused, ”Hembrom said.
Therefore, a decision has been made by the gram sabha that they will not get any kind of cooperation from the villagers and the three families will be treated as outcasts. They were also asked not to set foot on the land of the villagers, he added.
The village has nearly 200 households for a total population of about 700 inhabitants.
Hembrom alleged that the Christian missionaries, who are very active in the area, lured the tribals with land and money to convert them, and therefore, they were forced to take this severe step. He said, however, that Adivasi Ho Samaj Yuva Mahasabha and the villagers are still willing to accept them if they avoid Christianity and return to the Sarna religion.
District police claimed the incident, said close watch is being maintained in the village to avoid any untoward incidents.
“As anyone can practice any religion in this country, both sides have been warned that strict measures will be taken if they attempt to take justice into their own hands,” said SP Ajay Linda.