A FURIOUS Hindu man reportedly beat his wife and four children and threw them out into the street because they refused to renounce their Christian faith.
And now Ramesh Kumar is calling on fellow residents of the Indian village where he lives to join in with their persecution, according the Christian news network CBN News.
In a extraordinary display of zealotry, Mr Kumar, who allegedly stopped providing for his family early this year, has now placed an advertisement in a local newspaper urging residents of the village, in the northern state of Haryana, to shun his relatives, as well as convincing his 23-year-old son Neeraj’s employer to fire him, cutting off the family’s only source of income.
According to his family, he told them he would file an apostasy case against them if they did not renounce their faith.
His family claimed he told them: “If you did not stop going to church, I will drive you out from the house and file a case against you all since you have changed your religion.”
Mr Kumar even reportedly tried to get the police involved.
He alleging that his family had tried to force him to convert to Christianity himself, claiming that when he refused to do so, they tied him down and dragged him to church.
As a result the family members, who are refusing to renounce their faith despite pressure from their community, have been quizzed by officers on three separate occasions.
The family is now receiving help from the local Christian community and representatives of the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA).
“They have been targeted by a father who is caught up in the religious zeal that has become more commonplace in India since the Modi regime came into power.”
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