Blind couple among 13 in Madhya Pradesh held for ‘conversion’

Officers from the Kukshi station said they had also launched a search for four more persons in connection with the alleged conversion attempt in the house of a local resident, Shankar Singh, on January 14.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: January 19, 2016 12:04 pm

Madhya Pradesh police have arrested 13 people, including a blind couple, for allegedly trying to convert a few residents of Dehar village in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district to Christianity.

Officers from the Kukshi station said they had also launched a search for four more persons in connection with the alleged conversion attempt in the house of a local resident, Shankar Singh, on January 14.

Twelve of those arrested last week — the 13th arrest was recorded yesterday — are linked to a Pentecostal church in Badwani and claimed that they had not converted but only followed the teachings of Jesus, said police.

All the arrested were booked under the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act and Section 153 (A) of the IPC, said police. Among those were Balu Keshu Saste, a blind man in his 40s, and his wife Bhuri, said police, adding that Saste had earlier been detained for a similar offence in 2010; the trial is on at a court in Kukshi.

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“They trick local residents by offering inducements or using force. We had received information that the conversion was on,’’ U C Tiwari, in-charge of Kukshi station, told The Indian Express.

Shankar Singh, however, accused the police of acting at the behest of right-wing activists from Nisarpura village, who he alleged led the police to his house when he was serving the visitors lunch. “They stormed my house and misbehaved with women,’’ alleged Singh.

Badwani-based Anar Singh, who identified himself as an assistant to a pastor, said the activists also raised slogans and damaged two-wheelers before police completed the arrests.

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    AP
    Jan 19, 2016 at 3:35 am
    In some Islamic countries Christians are not allowed to use Christian names. Is this a story from an ancient Islamic country?
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      AP
      Jan 19, 2016 at 3:29 am
      So you can be arrested for becoming a christian? Is this story from Saudi Arabia?
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        Akhil
        Jan 20, 2016 at 11:16 am
        What the report missed is that a child was also arrested but was later let go after two days. The report also did not mention that the so called complainant has nothing to do with the Christian meeting that was going on for he was not even there. Conversion is legal and allowed but forced conversion is wrong. This is a fact and also one that is the Christian position. However what is happening in MP is not a result of conversion but a result of polarization because of the Hindutva brigade. This is clearly a false case in which Christians have been implicated. MP has a history of jailing Children as well sometimes as young as eight months old. I hope people recognize the propaa. Shankar singh had invited these people for food and his house was raided by the police just on the 'information' that conversion was going on. No proof of the same has been given. What would one say to that?
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          ajay mittal
          Jan 19, 2016 at 12:46 am
          Why did your reporter not talk to the so-called right wing activists leading the police to the place used for conversion ? Why the versions of the Christians and police only ?
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            Rajesh
            Jan 19, 2016 at 6:52 am
            Ch..tiya. You were converted by some child rapist from the Vatican. You can cry like a b***d, but it doesnt change the facts.
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              Rajesh
              Jan 19, 2016 at 6:53 am
              Like most Vatican followers, Stein was a child raping b****d, so the villagers killed him in self-defence.
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                Rajesh
                Jan 19, 2016 at 6:55 am
                Swamy b***d opposes ghar wapsi, but no problem with Vatican pedophiles.
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                  Rangaesh Gadasalli
                  Jan 19, 2016 at 12:35 am
                  Using two blind people, saying they love jesus and not converting and still keeping their hindu names is 100% CHEATING. This is to hood wink the state and police who are enforcing strict laws of the state. Religious conversions lead to communal clashes and people suffer. the church says they dont believe in caste but practice caste system by separating dalit christians from others. let us get rid of blind stupid customs. beleiive in your self and be a good person. changing faith for some money will isolate you and you will feel depressed.
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