Pastors Arrested on alleged conversion in Maharashtra, India

  December 12, 2013

  Maharashtra, Thane

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment

Police arrested six pastors after the Hindu extremists stopped a Christmas festival and filed a police complaint against the Christians of forceful conversion on 12 Dec in Yevoor, Thane.

It was reported that at about 3 p.m. the extremists entered into the open air Christmas program, stopped the meeting and told the Christian ladies to move away from the premises.

However, the ladies did not leave the premises and the extremists started verbally abusing the Christians and uttered derogatory remarks against them and Jesus Christ.

The police arrived at the spot and took the pastors to the police station and detained them for about 15 hrs and later registered an FIR against them of forceful conversion.

After the intervention of the area Christian leaders, the police pulled back the charges against the pastor of forceful conversion and made a fresh charge against them under Section 37/1 135 IPC 188.

The pastors were later released on bail the same day.

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