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Rajasthan: "escorted" by police, radical Hindus attack Christians Pentecostals
The militants raided the home of a private citizen, accusing those present of forced conversions. Pentecostal pastor and the owner of the house arrested, later released. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "Ironic that the police, which by law has the duty to protect citizens, accompanied the fundamentalists".
(AsiaNews) - Under police escort, radical Hindus of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal barged into the house of a Pentecostal Christian
yesterday in Rajasthan, accusing those present of practicing forced conversions
and confiscating all Bibles.
from the extremists the police arrested the Rev. Lal Singh - who was leading
the prayer service - and the home owner Indram Chauhan. After several hours of
interrogation, the two were released without charges against them. AsiaNews learned of this latest episode
from the Global Council of Indian
occurred at Haldad, in the district of Barwani. Sajan George, GCIC president,
told AsiaNews: "We are concerned
about the continuing abuses and repeated false allegations of conversions made
against the Pentecostal pastors in Rajashtan. It is indeed ironic that the
police, which by law has the duty to protect citizens, accompanied the
the Christian leader, "the prayer service was taking place in the privacy
of the home of a private citizen. The pastor was not doing anything illegal,
freedom of religion is a constitutional guarantee. Yet the forces of Hindu
right continue their reign of terror, violating the law and attacking the vulnerable
one of the Indian states where the religious
freedom of Christians is most threatened by Hindu radicals. Since 2008 the
final ratification of an anti-conversion law has been pending, which if
approved would ban conversions that take place "through force, fraud or
coercion" and condemns those who practice them to five years in prison and
50 thousand rupees (about 750 euro) fine.
measures (in force in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Himanachal
Pradesh) are used as a political tool against minorities, in particular to curb
conversions from Hinduism to Christianity.
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