After Orissa, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh, now tribal communities in India’s Manipur state face the ire of anti-conversion groups.
Dozens of tribal families in Indian state of Manipur have been declared social outcasts and ex-communicated following their conversion to Christianity. The families, belonging to Zeliangrong – a tribal community, have been handed out the punishment by their village council that propagates a strict no- conversion policy.
Says Kamei Mercy, a young tribal woman and a Christian living in Tamenglong district of Manipur, “Since then (conversion to Christianity), the lives of these people have turned into a nightmare. They have been banned from any interaction with the rest of the village. They are not allowed to talk with other villagers, even with those who used to be close friends. They are also barred from buying goods from the local shop. They have been completely ostracized.”