India: 8 Christians arrested in Madhya Pradesh

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September 21, 2009:

On September 12 in Katni, Madhya Pradesh police arrested 8 Christians under ‘Anti-Conversion Act, Madhya Pradesh 1973’

Our correspondent, Akhilesh Edgar reported from Madhya Pradesh that Christians including women were arrested on the railway platform while they were waiting for Brother. Jayaraj, a local Christian worker from Blessing Youth Mission (BYM), to pick them up and take them to BYM hostel to visit their children.

When Brother Jayaraj reached the platform, the railway police suddenly stormed on the Christians and accused them of forceful conversion, blasphemy against the Hindu gods and improper procedure creating havoc, booking them under Sections 295 (A) to be read with 34 of the Indian Penal code for deliberate and malicious act, intended to outrage religious feelings of others with acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention.

The Christian were detained in the police station for about 20 hours and were released on bail.

Kindly pray for peace and religious tolerance in Madhya Pradesh.

Rev. Dr. Richard Howell

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