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Karnataka: four Christian’s arrested, later released, on charges of forced conversions
The women had visited a family of another religion. Some villagers called the police, claiming they had seen them "put pressure, laying siege to the house." The President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "The Hindu nationalist forces want to spread a feeling of suspicion towards Christians."
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Four Christians were arrested yesterday
in Pulittadi, in Karnataka, on the basis of false accusations of forced
conversions. Some locals reported the women after seeing them visit a family in
the village, belonging to another religion. According to the crowd who rushed
to the scene, the four tried to "influence the family to convert, laying
siege to the house."
The accused are Shirley, Mini, Leelamma and Shubha. Suresh
Atramajalu, a member of the local administration, told police he had seen them
handing out leaflets about Christianity and trying to convince people they met
to convert. The police took them into custody and questioned them for two hours
before releasing them.
Contacted by AsiaNews,
Sajan George - President of the Global
Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) - considers the charges against the
four Christian "a matter of serious concern, because not only did they target
innocent faithful, but are likely to tear the fabric of society. The Hindu
nationalist forces want to spread a feeling of suspicion towards Christians.
Conversions to Christianity, he recalls, "are valid
only if freely undertaken by the individual. Yet, the accusations were false, saying
that the women were putting pressure on people, and with the complicity of the
authorities they were arrested".
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