Around 70 children forced to de-board train in Ratlam, followed by 12 children being detained at Railway Police Station, Indore
May 22, 2017
Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Anti-Conversion Laws, Complicity of Authorities, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Restrictions on religious assembly
On 21st May 2017, around 70 children were asked to de-board the train, in Nagpur, Maharastra.
The children, aged 6-18, were travelling from Jhabua to Nagpur for a Christian camp called Vacation Bible School (VBS). The children were Christians and were sent with the consent of their parents.
The Railway Police made the children, along with their carers, to de-board the train at Ratlam and took them to GRP station for inquiry.
In a further incident, on 22nd May 2017, 12 children, along with 2 Christians, going to the same VBS camp, were detained at the railway police station in Indore.
They were detained at the Indore Railway Police on the complaint of Hindutva activists that these children were being taken to be forcefully converted.
Charges have been filed against the 2 Christians under sections 363 (related to kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code and under sections 3 and 4 of the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act.
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