MP: 10 Christians arrested for insulting Hinduism in Khandwa

The police, however, found no evidence about alleged religious conversion attempt.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published: December 29, 2014 1:25 am

Ten Christians, including five women, were arrested from Borgaon-Bujurg village, about 35 kms from Khandwa, for insulting Hindu religion on a complaint from a right-wing activist who accused them of converting the local.

In-charge of Pandhana Police Station P S Maravi told The Indian Express that the allegations that the Christians had offered money or clothes or tried to force the local to convert were prima facie found to be untrue.

The Christians had gathered in the house of one Shyamlal whose daughter had reportedly been cured of illness at a Changai Sabha in Pune. He told the police that he had invited the Christians to celebrate it.

Ashok Bhavsar, a right-wing activist, informed the police that some villagers were being converted in Shymalal’s home by missionaries who were offering gifts and clothes to whose who were ready to change their faith.

The police, however, found no evidence about alleged conversion attempt. The complainant and some villagers accused the Christians of insulting the Hindu faith by talking ill about their gods and goddesses.

While the complainant wanted the police to book the Christians under the state’s anti-conversion act, the police booked them under Section 295 (A) of the IPC (deliberate and malicious act intended to hurt religious feelings).

Maravi said if further investigations provided proof about Christians having offered money or used force the police could invoke the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act.

Dhurubhai Bharatan, a Christian resident of Borgaon told The Indian Express that right-wing activists pelted stones at the house and tried to bring down a wall. “The police told the Christians that they will be provided protection but arrested them.’’

An eight-month-old child and two girls, both aged less than six, were with the accused when they were presented in a court in Khandwa on Saturday. The court sent them to judicial custody.

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  1. Kaleemulla Ibn Mohamed Ali
    Jan 1, 2015 at 4:44 pm
    Faith is embeded in heart and mind. Flowers, fire, words are oral and physical presumtions. In Hinduism no one can be converted to high caste BRAHMIN, they are converted as low cast SHUDRAS AS per MMRITI: :::The tongue of Shudra who spoke evil about Brahmin should be cut off (Apastamba Dharma Sutra II/10-26.Those who are with stinking conduct they will enter a stinking womb, either the womb of a dog or the womb of a swine or womb of Shudra (Chandogya Upanishad 5-10-7)Shudras must be prohibited from hearing, studying Vedas (Brahma Sutras on google Why Dr.Ambedkar burnt Mmriti.Due to Brahmins discrimination of Shudra Hindus converted from, 850Bc to Jainism, from 500Bc to Budhism. Budhism was born in India but stamped out of India by Brahmins. Due to this discrimination Hinduism was confined to India only. In Asia from SriLanka to an there are more Budhists than Hindus.
    1. R
      ripples effect
      Oct 12, 2015 at 12:07 pm
      Mr. Sanjay Kumar. I am very sorry to hear your statement. I want to give my testimony why I became a christian. I did not get any financial support from neither NGOs nor from any pastor or from any Christian. The first thing Hinduism is showing in India is hatred towards others. Go to villages where there is caste feeling, divisions inbetween Hinduism. I do not want to tell more. I do not find Christians preaching hatred. They tell the facts and it is up to you either to accept or reject. No compulsion. I after accepting Christianity had to struggle for a job. Got a job for Rs. 125/- per month as a Graduate. Still I worked hard, then increased my skills and talents. God blessed me. He blessed me with good job up to Rs. 1,00,000/- per month. No Christian help nor greasing to become Christian. I wonder why VHP, Bajrangdal, RSS are bent upon these false accusations. Use the same efforts in building India the Best and feel proud rather than generating communal fighting one after the other. If Christians are doing wrong, God whom you and I worship will punish them. It is not your duty to attack in group and take law into hands. If you believe in God whom you worship pray to him to punish those who are getting converted.
      1. B
        Dec 29, 2014 at 5:19 am
        No nam of reporter to write this lie..
        1. D
          Dec 28, 2014 at 5:05 pm
          This is a matter of in-depth investigation.
          1. Santano Fernandes
            Dec 29, 2014 at 9:02 am
            These people are liars and will be punished by God
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