A few days back, an American national who had arrived here in India on a tourist visa, was killed by isolated tribes of North Sentinel Island after he illegally trespassed into their area to preach Christianity. The tribe is known for being hostile to all kinds of outsiders and it is prohibited under the law to enter their island.
However now, a global Christian group named, International Christian Concern (ICC) has come forward to demand legal action against the tribals for murdering missionary John Chau. The group aims to draw attention towards sufferings of Christians, across the world.
A spokesperson for International Christian Concern said, “We here at International Christian Concern are extremely concerned by the reports of an American missionary being murdered in India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Our thoughts and prayers go out to both John’s family and friends. A full investigation must be launched in this this murder and those responsible must be brought to justice.”
What this group, perhaps failed to understand that the tribes of North Sentinel Island, are not bound by the laws of the civilized world. They have no contact with the outside world and all people including Indians are barred from disturbing them.
While the International Christian Concern acknowledged the fact that Chau went to Sentinel Island to preach Christianity, they didn’t mention that he did so illegally. The group further went on to link the killing with alleged persecution of Christians in India. “Across India, reports of persecution continue to escalate in both number and severity,” the press release by ICC reads.
It further goes on to lay the blame for the incident on BJP led Government at center. ” Using religiously divisive rhetoric for political gain, BJP officials incite Hindu radicals to take action against religious minorities. In 2014, the year the BJP-led government took power, the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) documented 147 incidents of Christian persecution,” the press release further states.
What the Christian group failed to understand is that Indian Government has no control whatsoever over these tribes. They also failed to understand that Chau put the lives of an almost extinct tribe at jeopardy by illegally trespassing in their territory.