Forcibly converted to Christianity, hung by the wrists from a ceiling fan, starved for days and beaten mercilessly for failing to recite Bible passages — this is what a nine-year-old boy said he had to endure at an illegal shelter.
He was among 30 children, all from poor families, rescued on December 29 after police raided two homes run by the Emmanuel Seva Group in Greater Noida and Meerut. The child, who along with his younger sister and brother had been confined to the home for three years, said their stay was like a “jail term” during which his name was also changed.
“I was allowed to meet my parents once a month for only 15 minutes. The only thing I was taught was the Bible. They forced me to memorise its passages,” the boy told HT on Thursday and added that the children were forced to consume buffalo meat and “paraded” before potential donors.
“They gave us good clothes whenever visitors came.
They made us stand in line and recite Bible passages. Faltering meant a beating with sticks and belts later,” he said. “Once the guests left, the shelter in-charge snatched away our clothes, sweets and gifts and we were back in rags again.”
I am always amused by Christians who seem to believe that their religion spread because of its inherent truth, or that people were compelled to convert by the word of their god and not the pressure they were put under to do so.
If you believe this to be an isolated incident, or that even harsher tactics were not used in times past, then you are either purposefully ignorant or simply ignorant.
Even as recently as sixty or seventy years ago the native children of Alaska were stripped of their cultural identity, beaten for speaking their native tongue, and forced to change their names to those found within the Bible, all in the name of saving their eternal soul.
Like I said, things never change.