INDIA: PENTECOSTAL PASTOR MOBBED FOR ‘CONVERTING PEOPLE’

ICC Note:
Despite Modi’s statements that, “We cannot accept
violence against any religion on any pretext and I
strongly condemn such violence. My government
will act strongly in this regard,” persecution of
Christians and other religious minorities has not
diminished in the slightest. In fact, it has only
increased in India. Take for instance this incident of
a mob attack of a Pentecostal pastor.

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(Downtown India )
By Carey Lodge
3/9/2015 India ( Christian Post)-A Pentecostal
pastor in India had to be rescued by police after
being surrounded by right-wing activists who had
accused him of converting local people.
Pastor Lal Singh and another man known only as
Idaram were bought to a police station in Barwani
district following complaints by a local right-wing
group. Activists had protested outside Idaram’s
house, where a prayer meeting was taking place,
shouting anti-Christian slogans.
After the pastor and his colleague were taken to the
police station, the protestors surrounded the
building, forcing the authorities to detain the two
men for longer.
“The [activists] were agitated and would have
harmed the pastor had I released him,” Head
Constable Rameshwar Pande told The Indian
Express.
The officer in charge of Rajpur Police Station,
Asharam Varma, told the newspaper that the
accusations of conversion were found to be false,
and the men were not charged.
Five states in India currently have anti-conversion
laws which state that those who wish to convert to
another religion must first gain official permission.
Religious leaders are also required by law to report
conversions or risk a three-year jail sentence
themselves.

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