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Kashmir: Anglican pastor who baptised seven Muslims to be released
The clergyman’s release has been delayed for three days because of obstructionism by the state’s bar association, which has threatened lawyers in the state. The Global Council of Indian Christians calls on the state government to guarantee Rev Khanna’s safety.
Kashmir pastor arrested for baptising seven Muslims
The region’s grand mufti accused Rev Chander Mani Khanna, of All Saints Church, after a video appeared on YouTube. Police beat the seven young converts to get them to accuse the pastor of forced conversions. In early November, the grand mufti summoned Rev Khanna to appear before a Sharia Court.
High Court in Kashmir stays proceedings against Rev Khanna, but his life is in danger
The authorities had laid charges against the Anglican clergyman after an Islamic court accused him proselytising and forced conversions. For Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), the life of the Anglican pastor “is still in danger”. Three of the seven converts Rev Khanna had baptised have gone back to Islam after the Sharia court issued threats against them.
Kashmir Islamic court charges Rev. Khanna and Fr. Jim Borst with proselytizing
Final sentence within days. Grand Mufti of the region claims the two men are guilty of forced conversions. Rev. Khanna: "I fear for my life." John Dayal of the All Indian Christian Council (AICC): "Islamic Court has no authority, India is a secular and democratic state".
Kashmir, clergyman’s wife accused assisting in conversion
Two national newspapers have launched a smear campaign against Kanta Khanna, wife of the pastor targeted with a fatwa for having converted young Muslims. The Anglican clergyman: "My wife's health has worsened." The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) urges the central government to intervene in order not to create "a dangerous precedent."
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."
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