Prayer Meeting Disrupted in Madhya Pradesh, India

  September 1, 2011

  Khargone, Madhya Pradesh

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment

On September 1 in Sabaspura, Khargone, Madhya Pradesh, alleged Hindu extremists barged into the prayer meeting of Friends Missionary Prayer Band (FMPB) and accused the Christians of forceful conversion. At about 1 p.m, the extremists led by Narendra Singh Chauhan and the village head, Mahendra S. Khirare barged into the fasting prayer meeting of FMPB conducted by Pastor (s) D. Wilson and Jebraj Bardhan. The police soon arrived on the scene and took Pastor Wilson and his wife, Pastor Bardhan and his wife and their child along with 20 church members to the station. The extremists also followed them and swelled up at the police station, shouting anti- Christian slogans and demand the arrests of the Christians.

The police questioned the church members whether any forceful conversion is taking place in the church. All the believers told the police that they have decided to follow Jesus willingly and that no one has forced them, reported Pastor Wilson. However, the police released the Christians without charges at about midnight and the police dropped them in their respective homes.

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