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Sixteen Christians arrested for ‘forced conversions’ of tribals in Jharkhand

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(AsiaNews) – Police in Jharkhand arrested 16 missionaries on Sunday on charges of converting tribal Adivasi by force to Christianity, the Press Trust of India reported.

Speaking to AsiaNews, Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), said that “In Jharkhand, extreme right-wing groups systematically persecute members of religious minorities, especially Christians.”

The arrests took place in the District of Dumka, after Ramesh Hembrom, village chief in Phoolpahari, filed a complaint.

Seven women were among those taken into custody. Police Superintendent Kishore Kaushal said that those arrested were part of a group of 25 “preachers” held hostage “by an angry mob of tribals living in the village”.

According to the policeman, the Christians were held for two days by residents in the Shikaripara area, who accused them of insulting a place of tribal worship.

The police did not disclose the names of the Christian missionaries involved in the case of alleged forced conversions. “We are verifying the allegations,” Kaushal said.

The officer noted that in his complaint, Hembrom claimed that the attempt to convert the tribals to Christianity had been going on for several months.

He said that he had seized several posters and copies of religious texts in the possession of the accused.

Manoj Kumar Thakur, head of the Shikaripara police station, told the Indian newspaper that his officers are trying to identify “the network behind the conversion attempts” that violate the Jharkhand Freedom of Religion Act. Read more

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2 Comments

  1. T.L.Narsimha Rao says:

    hallo,
    My name is T. L .Narsimha Rao.
    I visited Ranchi, Jharkhand . On 26/08/2018 spoke to the leaders at Ranchi of the mission organisation the 16 christians who are arrest are the part of, and interacted with the Lawyers who are handling the case. By the grace of God the 7 female Christians were released on bail on 19.09.2018 and remaining 9 men were released on bail on 24.09.2018 by Ranchi high court.
    Please keep praying for the victims of this case that as soon as possible this case be quashed.

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