Christian fishermen families are being harassed and stopped from selling fish, Andhra Pradesh
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The incident was reported by Bro. Jeewan Kumar to Persecution Relief.
This incident happened in Vagarru Tupilipalem village, Vakadu Tehsil of Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh, India.
All the members of the Church “Sharon Prardhana Mandiram” are fishermen families (pastor Sudhakar). for the past 20 years. Around 30 families, all from the local fishing community, attend this Church.
For the past 10 days, the local villagers were stopping the Christian fishermen from selling fish in the market. They are being told that they have no rights since they are Christians.
“You are Christians and we will not allow you to sell fish in the open markets”, they threaten. The fishermen have raised their concerns and submitted a petition of complaint to the District Collector.
Church, please pray that every attempt to divide and make our society, community, state and country bigoted and prejudiced on religious basis, will be cancelled in the name of Jesus Christ.
India has historically been a secular state, one where all religions are recognized and can peacefully co-exist. Unfortunately, the reality is much different. Pew Research Center 2017 analysis, has ranked India as fourth worst in the world for religious intolerance
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