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Widow beaten, house destroyed by Hindu extremists comment (0)

September 19, 2013

KONDAGOAN, India — When Laxmi Sovi, a Christian widow in India’s Chhattisgarh state, heard her door opening one morning in August, she could not have guessed that by the next day she would be hospitalized and her home demolished.

Three Hindu extremists identified only as Veeru, Chaytu and Mangru barged into Sovi’s house in Kakadi Beda village, Kondagoan, at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 24 and demanded that she and her children convert back to Hinduism. 

In spite of threats, she declined and the men left. That night at around 11 p.m., the same Hindu nationalists forced their way into her house. “They asked me why I converted to Christianity and left all the Hindu idols, and they also told me that I should reconvert to Hinduism or else be killed,” Sovi said.

Sovi, who became a Christian in 2009, refused to renounce Christ. The Hindu extremists began beating her and her two children. The children managed to escape and hid in the surrounding jungle, but the men continued to slap, kick and punch Sovi as they insisted she leave Christ.

She also took refuge in the jungle — where she hid for the rest of the night — with a fractured left hand, swelling on her neck and multiple contusions. The next morning, Sovi returned home with area Christian leaders to find her house demolished. 

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