Chhattisgarh, India — Villagers kept a tribal Adivasi mother from reaping her fields because she asked a Christian pastor to pray for the harvest.
When Kanni Barse asked police for help, she was instead told that India’s constitution does not allow the Adivasi to convert to Christianity.
Barse, 35, had raised the crop during the COVID-19 lockdown to feed her family.
Relatives have expelled Barse, a Christian and mother of four children, from Palamadugu village and vowed to kill her if she returns. Villagers say she defiled Adivasi land by having a Christian pastor pray.
She further was told she would be chopped into pieces if she returned to the child care center where she has worked 20 years.
Her husband has seizures and cannot work consistently.
Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014 in India, Hindu extremists have been emboldened in their targeting of Christians.
India is No. 10 on Open Doors’ 2021 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.
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