Three Christians Arrested in Karnataka

General November 15, 2008


Police arrested three Christians on charges of alluring slum dwellers to convert to Christianity on November 12 in Karnataka State’s Cox Town, Bangalore.

According to the EFI correspondent in Bangalore, three believers identified as Chandrasekhar and two ladies, Kamlamma and Sandhya went to a slum area in Jeevanahalli to pray for a sick couple.

On their way back home, they were attacked by about 20 Hindu extremists Rashtriya Swamyamsevak Sangh (RSS). Mr. Gowda, employer of the slum dwellers has also filed a complaint against the Christians of inducing people to convert to Christianity.

The extremists snatched their bags and verbally abused them and called up the police. The Frazer Town Police then took the three believers to the police station and arrested them under Section 295(A) and 298 of the Indian Penal Code.

The two ladies were taken to a remand home and Mr. Chandrasekhar was sent to a jail the next day.

The three Christians were produced in a court on November 13 and will remain in police custody till November 28 as per court order.

Please pray for the Christian communities in Karnataka where the occurrence of such incidents has been frequent of late. In the past three months, eight districts suffered Hindutva attacks, causing damage to 32 churches and prayer halls with about 70 Christians being assaulted and 20 nuns beaten by the police.

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

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