INDIA – 50-year-old Christian convert tortured to death for refusing to return to tribal religion

Bartu Urawn, a 50-year-old Christian convert from a tribal area in eastern India, died after being tortured by local villagers for refusing to renounce his faith. Bartu and his family converted to Christianity ten years ago, but have experienced violence and threats from villagers who follow the tribal religion Sarna Dharam. After previous re-conversion efforts failed, Bartu and wife were bound and immersed in a freezing pond for 17 hours, during which time Bartu was asked to renounce his faith. He and his wife refused, with Bartu repeatedly saying, “I will not deny Christ … I will continue to believe ’till my last breath.” Bartu died shortly afterwards. Police are currently claiming his death was due to natural causes.

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