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Madhya Pradesh: Three arrested for converting locals to Christianity in Motwa

The three were booked under the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act and sections 295, 506 and 34 of the IPC

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: October 6, 2015 12:20 am

Three volunteers of Gospel Echoing Missionary Society (GEMS) were arrested from village Motwa near Satna for allegedly converting the local people to Christianity on a complaint from right-wing activists who reportedly accompanied the police when the arrests were made late on Saturday.

Stephen Rajkumar, Harilal and Anil were released on bail on Sunday by a local magistrate.

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Majhagawan Police Station in-charge Khem Singh told The Indian Express that statements of few women have been recorded who were cured of various ailments during medical camps organized by the Society. The women said they had converted to Christianity recently.

Singh said the police had received a complaint from one Rajaram Sahu that the missionaries were converting people in a school in the guise of offering prayers. The 25-year-old complainant alleged that potential converts were made to take a bath and asked to read the Bible.

The three were booked under the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act and sections 295, 506 and 34 of the IPC

GEMS spokesman Mariyosh, however, denied the allegations of conversion saying the society has been active in the region since 1972 and offering humanitarian services.

A fortnight ago a missionary couple was detained in Umaria on similar charges but let off because there was no evidence against them, the spokesman said and claimed that the police had no evidence against the trio either but arrested them under pressure from the VHP whose activists accompanied the police to the school.

Mariyosh alleged the police and VHP activists roughed up the trio, a charge Singh denied. The spokesman claimed that a film with a social message on peace was being shown in school when the police reached there.

“The action was premeditated. No one was being converted to Christianity,” the spokesman said and added that the society was going to complain to the commission for minorities against the alleged persecution.

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  1. A
    Nov 15, 2016 at 5:14 pm
    Conversion is anyone's choice but if it's forced it matter's. Only the people who seemed to have converted must be asked about it.
    1. J
      Oct 15, 2015 at 12:28 pm
      In today’s world no religious organization be it Muslims, or Hindus or Christians are short of money but are flush with all the required funds which they can use in luring the economically backward people of other faiths. In such a scenario, all these organization are capable of luring the tribes to convert to their faith. However the strength of convincing these would-be-convert lies only in genuineness of the message or faith that is preached to them. It is interesting to know that no western nations are having such anti conversion laws nor is there any restriction on Christians leaving their faith. Christians are completely at their liberty. So pressing for ping anti conversion laws or Opposing conversion only demonstrates the weakness of Hinduism as well as Islam. If they are so much sure of their faith then remove these restriction and see that all these groups turns to Christianity.
      1. Sagittarius Sengupta
        Oct 5, 2015 at 6:12 pm
        Convert these three persons to Islam
        1. P
          Oct 6, 2015 at 10:38 am
          these stupid christian zealots r creating problems everywhere
          1. R
            ripples effect
            Oct 12, 2015 at 11:51 am
            Are there no other Important things to develop India rather than going after these things. I do not want to go in details but would ask my brother if people who were americans came here and joined Harirama Krishna movement and are doing bhajans on the roads should we do the same. We will not. There are many villages who do not have water and food to eat. Do something great in increasing the employment and show them how to earn food on their own. Not these petty things. Even if they are converted are they going to destroy our India.
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