Madhya Pradesh Police, Bajrang Dal stop church wedding in Satna

Accompanied by Bajrang Dal activists, a Kolgawan police team entered the Church of God in India and arrested 10 people, including pastor Sam Samuel and the groom’s parents.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: April 28, 2016 7:47 am
satna_map_759 A map showing Satna in Madhya Pradesh where a wedding at a church was stopped by the Madhya Pradesh police on the complaint of the Bajrang Dal (Courtesy: Google Maps)

The Madhya Pradesh Police Wednesday entered a church in Satna and stopped a wedding ceremony following a complaint by the Bajrang Dal that the bride and the groom had been unlawfully converted to Christianity.

Accompanied by Bajrang Dal activists, a Kolgawan police team entered the Church of God in India and arrested 10 people, including pastor Sam Samuel and the groom’s parents.

CSP (Satna) Sitaram Yadav said the bride was a minor as she was 10 days short of turning 18. He said the couple had converted to Christianity four years ago, but district authorities were not informed, which is a crime under the state’s anti-conversion legislation. Satna SP Mithilesh Shukla also claimed that the girl is “a Hindu and a minor”.

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“Bajrang Dal informed police that members of the Kushwaha community were being converted to Christianity at the church. We registered an FIR on a complaint by the bride’s uncle,” Yadav said, adding that her father is not mentally sound. The groom, Ajay Kushwaha, 24, works with a private firm.

Besides Sections 3 and 4 of the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, police have invoked IPC Section 295 (A) (deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings) and Section 14 of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act.

Church spokesman Mariyosh Joseph called the charges false and said the bride and groom were Christians. He said the Bajrang Dal and the RSS were behind the complaint.

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    Kaushal Adhikari
    Apr 28, 2016 at 5:09 am
    Victor Bhaiya agar tum konho ek baap ki aulad ho to apna asli naam kahe nahi likhte sabhi logan ka kahat ho "Do it if you are born to one father". Konho dharm pe chalna yeh ek vyakti ka apna vyaktigat mat hai. Jise jis dharm ka paln karne par atmik shanti mile woh us dharm ka palan kare dusre kog jor jabardasti kahe karat hai
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      Cooldude
      Apr 28, 2016 at 3:21 am
      This is indian thalibanism by Sangh.
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      1. Amrit Rao
        Apr 28, 2016 at 10:07 am
        Sangh needs Dalits for slavery. Laws are enacted. Police and military is deplo to keep them slaves.
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          mumbai
          Apr 28, 2016 at 5:16 am
          Principles of hinduism.
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            Antony
            Apr 28, 2016 at 7:44 am
            Ban Bajrang dal and RSS for the sake of prosperity in India.
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