By BosNewsLife Asia Service
NEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife)– Police in eastern India was investigating Saturday, June 21, why a Tibetan couple was hacked to death after converting to Christianity.
The investigation came while a funeral was underway for Dominic Bhutia, 45, and his 35-year-old wife Christina who were hacked to death in Git Dabling village in India’s West Bengal state.
One of the couple’s two daughters, Rinjee, 12, was seriously wounded, Christians said. Masked assailants also gouged out the eyes of the victims in front of Rinjee, Indian media reported.
A younger daughter, aged seven, was spared as Rinjee hid her under a bed, Christians said Friday, June 20.
The attack against the Catholics, 28 kilometers (17 miles) outside the town of Kalimpong in Darjeeling Hills, underscored concerns about a lack of security for minority Christians in India.
“It is just inhuman. The bodies are in pieces,” Bishop Stefen Lepcha of Darjeeling, who visited the scene, was quoted as saying.
“It is just inhuman. The bodies are in pieces,” he added.
Villagers, who informed police, told local media they saw the victims lying in a pool of blood in their home.
In published remarks, Darjeeling’s Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Chaturvedi said the Tibetan couple had converted to Christianity, adding that he “hopes the case will be solved soon”.
It was unclear whether religious motives were behind the attack. Locals said “drug addicts who are all over the area” could be behind the crime.
Yet several groups have condemned the attack, amid concerns the violence could lead to religious tensions.
The Himalayan Buddhist Association was among organizations reportedly the incident, demanding “exemplary punishment of the culprits”.
Christians and churches have been attacked in several parts of India, often by Hindu and other radical religious groups opposing the spread of Christianity.