EFI News: Persecution in two states of India

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May 11 2009:

Christians arrested in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh police arrested five Christians on the basis of the complaint filed by the Hindu extremists of alleged ‘forceful conversion’ on 7 May in Narsinghpur, Madhya Pradesh.

The Rev. Akhilesh Edgar, an EFI correspondent reported that a believer identified as Uttam Jatad hosted a prayer meeting in his house attended by local Christians and five guests from Jeevan Lal Church and Campus Crusade for Christ ministry when the extremists suddenly barged in and attacked them.

The extremists accused the Christians of forceful conversion, verbally abused and beat them up leaving one believer identified as Melar Selwan with a broken arm and others with bruises.

Police arrived at the spot and took the five Christians to Amgaon police station. Both parties filed a police complaint but the Christians were arrested under Section 295(A) of the Indian Penal Code for malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.

On Friday, the Christians were presented in the court and bail was granted at 3:15 p.m.

Pray for the suffering Christians, for justice, peace and religious tolerance in Madhya Pradesh.

Christian assaulted in Chhattisgarh

About 50 Hindu extremists from the ‘Chhattisgarh Sikh Youth Federation’ accused a Christian of forceful conversion and assaulted him on April 30 in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

According to an EFI correspondent, the Rev. Akhilesh Edgar, at about 10 p.m., the extremists streamed into the house of a believer identified as Jaspal Singh Saluja, accused him of forcibly converting Sikhs into Christianity and beat him up.   

Saluja was dragged out from his house to the street where he was mercilessly beaten up by the extremists. The Christian sustained minor injuries.

The attackers run away as police arrived on the spot.

The extremists from the same organisation swelled up in the same spot on the next day. The mob dispersed as police reached the scene.

Saluja refused to file a police complaint as he chose to forgive the assailants.

Following the consecutive anti-Christian violence that occurred of late in the state, leaders of EFI central and Chhattisgarh Christian Forum met political and social leaders for maintaining peace and harmony among various communities.

Praise God for healing Saluja’s miraculously. Pray also for strength, courage and spiritual enhancement for all the Christians in Chhattisgarh.

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

Evangelical Fellowship of India (established 1951) is a charter member of World Evangelical Alliance, an accredited NGO with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations