Standing For Religious Freedom in Chhattisgarh

Posted by Spalding Hurst

January 21, 2023

New Delhi – On Saturday, Sister Kitamai Catherine Sinku and Sister Vandana Velleringatt joined over 500 women at a protest in Jantar Mantar, standing in solidarity against the recent atrocities committed against Adivasi women in Chhattisgarh.

Sister Kitamai Catherine Sinku

The protest comes on the heels of a violent incident that occurred on Jan. 2, in which a Catholic Church, a grotto of Mother Mary, and the presbytery in Narayanpur District were vandalized by a group of tribal people. Additionally, members of the Christian community from 14 villages in the district have claimed that they were assaulted and evicted from their homes for converting to Christianity.

In response to these atrocities, a large number of tribals from the Christian community have staged a sit-in protest in front of the district collector’s office in Narayanpur. The protestors, hailing from 14 villages in the district, have handed over a memorandum to the district administration, demanding action and justice for the violence they have suffered.

The district administration has assured the Christian families that necessary action will be taken in response to the matter. As the situation continues to unfold, Sister Kitamai and Sister Vandana, along with the other protestors, remain committed to standing in solidarity with the victims and fighting for their rights and safety.


  1. Luke

    My prayers are with you as you stand for
    You have such courage and put our Mission Statement in action …. “ we risk our lives and resources…. “
    Thank you,
    Sr. Luke

  2. Mary Gene Frank

    Prayers for yours’ and the protestors’ safety. Such fear from the tribals is heart breaking.

  3. Eugenie Coakley scna

    Thank you for your courageous action. I hope peace and justice and better relationships will be the fruit of your (and the 500) stance.

  4. Sarah Ferriell

    You are in my prayer of gratitude for your compassion and courage to speak out, Vandana and Kita. Thank You.

  5. Ann Moyalan

    Thank you Kita & Vandana for joining the protest against the atrocities against the Christian minority community.

  6. Roselyn

    Glad to see you Vandana and Kita, joining the protest ..such an insecurity is created in minority communities in a secular democratic country..what a pity!

  7. Barbara Maynard

    Thank you for your courage and commitment, dear Sisters.

  8. Deepti ponnembal

    Thank you Kita and vandana for standing in solidarity with the our suffering people.


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