No, the video is not from North East India rather it shows a secret baptism from Bangladesh!

Claim

In this way, the conversion mafia is secretly converting Hindus in North-East India. – They first target poor Hindus. Along with medical care, poor boys and girls are sent to free missionary schools, lured with jobs, or lured with money and then converted.

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Explanation

A man and woman are seen standing in a body of water surrounded by greenery in the 46-second clip. They are seen holding hands and appearing to be praying. The woman’s face is obscured in the video due to its blurry quality. A few other women are also seen, one by one, walking towards the water. Meanwhile, the video shows some infographic messages like, “My transformation after being reborn, I have transformed. The bad company I had, now I don’t have, I have been transformed. Jesus, for my sin, suffered on the cross.”

This post is shared with a claim stating, “In this way, the conversion mafia is secretly converting Hindus in North-East India.” The user further added, “They first target poor Hindus. Along with medical care, poor boys and girls are sent to free missionary schools, lured with jobs, or lured with money and then converted.”

What’s the truth?

We began our analysis by looking at the viral video’s keyframes, which directed us to a YouTube video. On October 15, 2020, the same viral video was uploaded by Open Doors Canada. The video was captioned as Secret Believers Baptized in Bangladesh.” When we looked through the description box, it read “Baptism is a huge step for our persecuted brothers and sisters. In places where converting to Christianity carries significant risk, making a public expression of faith means more persecution.

In Bangladesh, a group of secret believers recently decided to make a stand for their faith through baptism – you can see some of that footage here.”

As we continued our search, we found an article from October 25, 2020. The article was titled Bangladesh Believers Worship while Being Baptized in Secret which also carried the same viral video. According to the reports the video shows, raw footage of worship and a secret baptism in Bangladesh showing how believers persist in following Christ despite persecution.

The article further added, “Open Doors USA’s local Bangladesh partners recently recorded a secluded baptism showing men and women all taking a significant public step in their commitment to follow Jesus. The organization says taking the step of baptism means discrimination is likely imminent for these new believers. Taunts and pressures to renounce their new faith will grow because they decided to become Christ followers in a country where Islamic oppression is high.”

It is evident from all the information that this video is from Bangladesh, not North East India, as the widely circulated claim states.

Conclusion:

We, therefore, conclude that the widely circulated rumor that the conversion mafia is covertly converting Hindus in Northeast India is untrue. In actuality, the film presents raw footage of worship and secret baptism in Bangladesh.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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