Hindu extremists have turned a church in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh into a temple, and Christians say its members have been forcefully converted to Hinduism, the Ecumenical News website reports today (September 29, 2014).
Dalit Christians had worshiped at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Asroi village in Aligarch district, about 100 miles southeast of New Delhi.
Dalit Christians belong to India's lowest caste -- one known as "untouchables."
The church was "purified" with a ritual and declared to be a temple by the Hindu extremists. During the purification ritual, the cross was torn down and a poster of the Hindu god Shiva was placed inside the church building.