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25 Christian Evangelists Falsely Accused of Forced Conversions in Northeast India

ICC Note: Twenty-five Christian evangelists in India’s Jharkhand state were falsely accused of attempting to forcefully convert Hindus to Christianity. They were subsequently arrested by police. False allegations of forced conversions are often leveled against Christian leaders by Hindu radicals. These accusations are made in an attempt to harass or justify assaults on Christians.

07/10/2018 India (CBN) – Authorities in India’s eastern state of Jharkhand have accused 25 evangelists of allegedly trying to convert tribal Hindu villagers to Christianity.

The preachers, seven of whom are women, were sharing the gospel in a remote village some 180 miles east of the state’s capital when they were confronted by local villagers who reportedly got upset with their evangelistic activities.

“The villagers became angry when they began making disparaging comments about tribal places of worship — locally called ‘Manjhi Than’ and ‘Jaher Than’ —saying that Satan resided in such places,” a senior police officer with knowledge on the case told local media. “Angry villagers asked them to stop but they did not.” Read more

Updated: July 11, 2018 — 1:11 pm
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