Christian Arrested on False Charges in Madhya Pradesh, India

  May 4, 2011

  Dindori, Madhya Pradesh

  Anti-Conversion Laws, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment

Police arrested a Christian on 4 May after Hindu extremists lodged a complaint against him of forceful conversion in Khirpani, Dindori district of Madhya Pradesh.

The extremists stopped Shivraj Maravi from Kalyan Nandas Church from constructing his own house as they opposed his faith in Christ. The local Christians sometimes conduct Sunday worship meeting in his house.

Earlier on 14 April, the local extremists stopped Maravi as he started renovating his small hut. The Christian submitted a police complaint but no FIR was registered. On 4 May, as Maravi once again started the work, the extremists forcefully stopped him and filed a complaint against him.

Based on the extremists’ complaint, the police arrested the Christian under Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Region Act and sent him to prison. Maravi was later released on bail on 6 May.

Maravi submitted a letter of complaint to the District Collector but no inquiry has been conducted at press time. In the meantime, Maravi has also stopped the construction work due to fear of the extremists attack.

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