Christian couple arrested in Madhya Pradesh, India

  December 24, 2014

  Khargone, Madhya Pradesh

  Anti-Conversion Laws, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment

A Christian couple was taken into custody under the state’s anti-conversion law from Nayanagar village, about 28 kms from district headquarters Khargone. D. Wilson and his wife Rashmita Wilson planned a Christmas programme on 23rd evening, but couldn’t carry out the programme because the police did not grant permission. However, they visited a village, namely, Nayanagar on 24th December on the invitation of local Christians. After reaching the village, they found out that around 70 believers had gathered in a house for a fellowship meeting. Unexpectedly, four persons Hindutva fundamentalists arrived with the police and took them to Gogawa police station, which is 9 kms away from Nayanagar. By then, a big mob had mobilized themselves in front of the police station demanding the arrest of the missionaries. They also prepared two false witnesses who confessed that each of them were promised Rs.5000/- by the couple to convert into Christianity. The Superintendent of Police also interrogated the missionary couple. An FIR was filed under Sections 295 and 506 of the IPC and Section 3 of M.P. Freedom of Religion Act.

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