India: Arrest of a Christian Social Worker

General July 4, 2008


EFI NEWS

The Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) expresses deep concern at the arrest of a Christian social worker, Mr. Vinayagam David, in Shyamgarh area of Madhya Pradesh's Katni district on July 3.

Police arrested Mr. David, who works with the Blessing Youth Mission and is in-charge of a children's home, under Sections 3 and 4 of the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, also known as anti-conversion law, in response to a seemingly frivolous complaint alleging the children were being forcibly converted and kept without proper documentation. However, Mr. David denies the charges saying he has valid documents from children's parents stating they are willingly leaving their children at the home to ensure their proper education. Mr. David was granted bail on July 4.

The children have been transferred to a government-run children's home instead of being sent back to their parents.

The police reportedly searched the house of and arrested Mr. David, who has been managing the children's home since 2006, late in the night without any sanction to do so. The local people are happy with Mr. David's service and have no objections. There are around 26 children in this home, and some of them are as young as 5 years.

EFI solicits your prayers and urges you to express your concern with the authorities given below:

His Excellency, Shri Balram Jakhar,
Governor (Additional Charge), Madhya Pradesh
Tel: 0755- 2551300-2551303,
(Fax): 0755- 2554711
(Res): 0755- 2551946, 2557680

Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Hon'ble Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh
E-mail: [email protected]
(Off) 0755- 2441581, 2441033, 2441096
(Fax) 0755- 2441781
(Res) 0755- 2440241, 2440242

Shri Anwar Mohd. Khan
Chairman M.P. State Minorities Commission
E-Block,Old Secretariat,
Bhopal - 462 011.
Tel: 0755- 5292464, 5292401
(Off) 0755- 5292402
(Res) 09826089241(M)
(Fax) 0755- 5292463

Director General of Police
(Off) 0755- 2556866
(Fax) 0755- 2558800

Collector Katni
(Off) 07622- 220009
(Res) 07622- 226500
(Fax) 07622- 220009


Rev. Dr. Richard Howell,
General Secretary,
Evangelical Fellowship of India,
New Delhi, India.

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