Citing law and order, Dhar administration revokes permission for Christian convention

"We are not being allowed to hold even a prayer meeting in the church," the pastor alleged.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: May 4, 2015 4:18 pm
pastor, christianity “We are not being allowed to hold even a prayer meeting in the church,” the pastor alleged. (Source: Express Archive)

A Pentecostal convention scheduled to begin in Kakarkuva village of Dhar on Monday was called off after the district administration cancelled permission late on Sunday saying the event could become a law and order issue.

The sub-divisional magistrate had on April 15 given permission for a three-day Atimiya Jagruti Sabha, Satsang and prayers asking the organizer to conduct activities between 8 am and 11 pm. The other conditions were not to use loudspeakers and avoid raising “objectionable slogans”.

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“We were told at the last moment that the permission stands cancelled. Many participants from other places have already come. We had spent a lot on the event,” pastor Bharat Singh Mehda told The Indian Express.

SDM K Sharma said the permission was revoked because the organizers had kept the administration in the dark about the possible turnout at the event. He said large tents had been pitched at the venue. Without elaborating, the SDM said, local people had objected to the gathering.

“They are free to hold a small prayer meeting in the local church but no big function will be allowed,” the SDM said.

The pastor said a large tent had been pulled down by the organizer after a large police force arrived at the venue.

“We are not being allowed to hold even a prayer meeting in the church,” the pastor alleged. He said every year about 1000 people attend the event but this year the number was expected to be more than 5,000.

In October last year, the administration in Alirajpur district had cancelled permission for a similar event in Jobat citing law and order situation. A few days before the four-day event was to begin, a marriage between a Hindu girl and a Christian boy had vitiated atmosphere in the town. Right-wing groups had taken to the streets demanding arrest of the Christian boy.

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  1. Debasish Sarkar
    May 5, 2015 at 9:36 am
    In my view, the past UPA administration encouraged this "Conversion" business in big way. But same time they totally discouraged any "conversion" from other sects to Hinduism. Therefore what is happening now? We are experiencing MAJORITY BACKLASH? Bottom line is Majority Rule and that is true Democracy.
    1. Vaidyanathan Nil
      May 4, 2015 at 1:27 pm
      Pentacosta is known for converting people and even Christians themselves try to keep away from his sect.
      1. R
        Rangaesh Gadasalli
        May 4, 2015 at 9:32 pm
        Millions of us went to study at Christian schools paying heavy donations. Millions have taken treatment at Missionary hospitals paying lot of money. let us not forget the land was given by a Hindu majority Indian govt. India even welxcomed Pope many decades ago but he talked about conversion of entire India to christianity, giving no respect to the world's most ancient religion and heritage.our friends in church should stop religious conversions. more they do, there will be repercussions and riots and more people will suffer. This is what is happening in africa and other nations. Leave India for hindud, buddhists , sikhs and jains,who are all sons of the soil. stop conversions. you will lose sympathy of people.
        1. V
          May 4, 2015 at 1:02 pm
          I am against force conversion ..even in Syrian Christians..most of our community we don't add people or talk about other religion weak points..because we not look at numbers..unless some own choice to join.. Pentecoast /Fellowship have few times did conversion.. but question is two things 1) is any one converted by force/point of gun/violence ? No..I don't think it reported anywhere.. 2) does our people have more freedom to change religion/not?. Poor people/most of them don't have any religion..or no faith in religion /no self beliefs...if they going to die due to poverty /rejection from higher caste Hindus...they go with people who give repect their right/have patience to hear their problems ..its same way some one change firm for better respect/ any one can stop people change to AAP from Congress supporters because they told they give more one can stop them..right... People have more aspiration and they go with places or change religion depends on what they need..some need freebies, some need respect, some need job..some need faith... Just because MP is ruled by right to stop any religious prayers as long any religion not speak hate against other religions ..
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            Sarita Sharma
            May 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm
            Banconvrsion ! We do not wish to be forced into accepting foreign religion , already rejected by the west. We want to remain a hindu . Ask them to convert to hinduism .BAN CONVERSION OF HINDUS. Bhajan & kirtan is not part of Christianity ,they do this to decieve poor illiterate Hindus so that they think they are still hindu .This act of missionaries is immoral and against the consution.Action must be taken against them.
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