|Persecution Watch, July 7, 2015|
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A Christian man was cremated according to Hindu rituals after Hindu organizations and the administration interfered to prevent a planned Christian burial for him at Sagar in Madhya Pradesh on July 4, 2015.
According to reports published in Dainik Bhaskar, 45 year old Rajesh Yadav, a converted Christian, passed away after a long illness on July 4. As soon as he died, the extended family members of Rajesh Yadav, who are still Hindus, had a dispute with Rosalin Yadav, wife of Rajesh Yadav over the planned burial of Rajesh.
Rosalin and Rajesh had been married for over 27 years and have a 20-year-old son, Akash. Rajesh had converted to Christianity in 2007 and also had given an affidavit to this effect. Following this he had been baptized at the Jyoti Bhavan Church in Sagar and was a regular Church member.
Rosalin showed the papers and certificates pertaining to Rajesh's conversion but none of her arguments were sufficient for the administration and Hindu groups like Shiv Sena, whose leader Pappu Tiwari claimed that Rajesh was still a Hindu. The administration, local BJP ward members and the police eventually convinced Rosalin to give Rajesh's body to his relatives who then cremated him according to Hindu customs. Akash, Rajesh's son could not attend the last rites of his father.