» 02/14/2014 INDIA US Christian missionary arrested in India by Nirmala Carvalho Rev David Grant, a pastor with the Evangelical Assemblies of God World Missions, is accused of breaking visa rules. For the president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), his arrest underscores the unequal treatment reserved for Christian clergymen, who are often subjected to "threats, abuse and arrests."
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - An American
Christian missionary, David Grant, was arrested in India on alleged visa "violations".
"This underscores the different
treatment reserved to Christian missionaries in our country," Sajan George, President
of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) told AsiaNews.
Police detained the religious leader and
his wife Beth on their arrival at the airport in New Delhi, on Monday. This
afternoon, he is set to appear before a court in Kozhikode (Kerala) to face the
charges levelled against him.
Grant, a pastor with the Evangelical Assemblies of God World Missions, has been
in India for 35 years. The
complaint against him dates back to September 2013 after a visit he made in
"In the West, it is common to see Hindu
sadhus (holy men) freely proselytising,"
said Sajan George told AsiaNews.
"Moreover," he noted, "hundreds of
foreign tourists visit our country and take part in religious services or hear
public speeches by Hindu clerics without problems."
"Unfortunately, when Christian
missionaries come to India, they are not accorded the same reciprocity and
often end up facing threats, abuse and arrests."