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  • » 11/24/2011, 00.00


    Kashmir life of the Anglican clergyman who christened 7 young Muslims at risk

    Nirmala Carvalho

    The son of Mani Khanna warns of the deteriorating health of his father, arrested on November Chander 19 on charges of forced conversion. A video spreads hatred against Christians. On Youtube and Facebook Muslims vow to burn buildings, churches and Christian schools.
    Srinagar (AsiaNews) - "My father is seriously ill, suffering from diabetes and needs constant care. We fear for his life. " This is what Nathan Khanna, 28, told AsiaNews, son of Chander Mani Khanna, pastor of All Saints Anglican Church in Kashmir, accused by the Grand Mufti of the region of having forced the conversion of young Muslims in exchange for money. The pastor was arrested on November 19 last after a complaint filed by a local Islamic court. As proof, the Muslims have shown a video, posted on Yuotube and Facebook, showing the pastor baptizing seven young Muslims.

    "The accusations against him are false - says Nathan Khanna - the images show only a ceremony it is not an attempt at forced conversion." The rapid spread of the video on Internet has triggered a witch hunt against Christian, likely to provoke clashes between Christian and Muslim communities. On Facebook, several hate-filled comments have appeared regarding the Pastor: "We swear to kill all Christian missionaries and burn their buildings, churches and schools, I offer myself volunteer to find this man, this priest should burn .. etc". Nathan says this happens in the total indifference of the authorities, who have no intention to remove the video. "I have no doubt that my phone and my mother’s phone are under control - he says - it is clear that someone is trying to provoke Muslims against my father in the name of religion." Despite the charges, the young man is proud to be the son Chander Mani Khanna, a man strong in faith and in his mission to witness to the truth.

    The offending ceremony took place on 1 August and was filmed with a cell phone. The video appeared on the Internet after the refusal by Chander Mani Khanna to give an acquaintance of the Grand Mufti a place at the prestigious Christian school, the same Mufti who 12 days later issued a fatwa against the Pastor.

    Kanta Khanna, wife of an Anglican pastor, said that the accusation of forced conversion was false. "My husband - she says - has appeared before the Islamic court even if it is only for Muslims. When he entered the room all present shouted Allah Akbar. " She said that young Muslims attended a course for a year to prepare for baptism, who had asked for it without any constriction after witnessing some of the activities of the Christian community.
    "In these years – she adds - my husband has participated in the rehabilitation of earthquake victims working with the NGO Help Age. He moved with the approval of the local administration to coordinate the rehabilitation of people affected by the earthquake and this had nothing to do with church activities. "

    To date Khanna is still in prison. Kashmir is the only Muslim-majority state of India and has no anti-conversion laws. Police arrested the pastor according to art. 153A (people who promote disharmony, enmity or hatred based on religion, race, residence, language or caste) and 295A (people who offend the religious feelings of any class, with deliberate and malicious acts).

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    08/11/2011 INDIA
    Kashmir life in danger of a pastor falsely accused of forced conversions
    The Grand Mufti has called the Rev. Khanna of the Church of North India to a Sharia court to explain the alleged forced conversions of young Muslims. The protests of Bishop Samantaroy and the President of the Global Council of Indian Christians, Sajan K George, an "inappropriate and unconstitutional demand, a humiliation to the Constitution of our country."

    22/11/2011 INDIA
    Christian leaders for the release of Kashmiri pastor arrested for forced conversions
    Rev. Channa Mani Khanna is in prison for having baptized seven Muslims. Sajan K George, President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "We must stop the Talibanisation of the only Indian state with a Muslim majority." Anglican Bishop P.K. Samantha Roy, of the Diocese of Amritsar, "he officiated valid baptisms, he has not done anything illegal."

    12/04/2013 INDIA
    Indian Kashmir, two Christians arrested on false charges of forced conversions
    A Muslim mob attacked two men, five women and two children, all of English origin. The police prevented the destruction of their house, but have arrested two Christians. Leader of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "The growing anti-Christian intolerance is alarming."

    02/12/2011 INDIA
    Rev. Khanna: After release, I'm not afraid to go back to my Church
    In an interview with AsiaNews, the pastor of All Saints Anglican Church says he was "the victim of a conspiracy," but holds "no grudge". The rev. Khanna spent ten days in jail for having baptized seven Muslims.

    19/04/2007 INDIA
    Kashmir: Christian beheaded, his head left in front of a mosque
    A group of hizbul militants, the Islamic “warriors of freedom”, kidnapped and killed, Ahmad Chat, 33, member of the Salem Voice Church. Pastors report daily persecution and violence in the province.

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