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Madhya Pradesh: Government bans Christian gathering on "law and order" concerns
According to the district authorities, the turnout for the event organised by the Pentecostal community was excessive. Pentecostals "are free to hold small prayer meetings in the local church,” district official said, “but no permit will be granted for large-scale services will be granted.” For the Global Council of Indian Christians, this is an excuse since radical Hindus attack Christians even “at home”.
Woman activist opposed to child marriage assaulted
For the past month, she was involved in a door-to-door campaign to raise awareness about children forced into marriage. The ancient tradition survives thanks to local governments.
Madhya Pradesh: Pentecostal pastors and 11 Hindus who wanted baptism arrested
Five activists of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) and the police tried to convince the faithful to file a false complaint against the pastor, on charges of forced conversions. The 11 rejected. GCIC: " Madhya Pradesh is a rogue state with the Christian community."
Madhya Pradesh: girls for sale to the "best boyfriend," the one who pays the most
By tradition, tribal communities in Rajgarh district sell their daughter's engagement up to four times to the highest bidder. For human rights activist Lenin Raghuvanshi, "Extreme poverty dehumanises the community" with the authorities looking on, silent.
Madhya Pradesh, two Pentecostal pastors arrested on false charges of forced conversions
Hindu extremists charge the religious leaders, "guilty" of watching a movie about Jesus with a group of Christians. The police arrest them without checking veracity of the allegations. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "Illegal and worrying detention close to general election".
Madhya Pradesh: Hindu extremists burn down Pentecostal church
This is the second place of worship to be destroyed in the same district. Bibles found inside were also burned. The Catholic Church has expressed solidarity and concern about what happened.
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