Detained by Police on allegations of conversion, Uttar Pradesh

Detained by Police on allegations of conversion, Uttar Pradesh

Religious fanatics charged into a private residence where Christian families had gathered for a thanksgiving prayer meeting.

Pastor V. J. Jose has been faithfully serving in the Lord’s vineyard, in Ghazipur District of Uttar Pradesh for the past 26 years, affiliated with FFCI (Filadelfia Fellowship Church of India).

Beechu Ram had put his faith in Jesus Christ when he was healed, after he sought prayers from Pastor Jose. He wanted to give thanks to God and invited Pastor to his home to conduct a prayer meeting.

On 10th April, Pastor Jose, along with his Ebenezer Jose and a few others, visited Beechu Ram’s house in Ghatampur Village in Zamania Block in Ghazipur District of Uttar Pradesh State.

The meeting commenced with prayer, praise songs and reading of Psalms. Just then, a youth trespassed into the house and started recording a video of the proceedings and taking pictures. Before the residents could realize his intentions, the youth contacted the local Police and falsely alleged that conversion activities were taking place in the home!

The Police promptly arrived and without listening or investigating what really transpired, demanded that the congregation report to the Police Station. Intimidated by the turn of events, Pastor Jose, and his terrified son, and 2 other youth below 18 years of age, who were attending the meeting, their sisters – all minors and the House Owner Beechu Ram – 8 persons in total, to Sohaval Police Station.

The Police began questioning Pastor on the serious allegations made by the complainant. Pastor maintained his innocence stating that all he does was share the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Jobin from Church of God and Bro. Prabhan Mathew and a few others, contacted Persecution Relief, to alert on this incident.

Persecution relief Team contacted Dr. Arvind Chaturvedi, Superintended of Police (SP), who was empathetic and expressed concern over the unsubstantiated and spurious accusations of forcible or fraudulent conversion raised by religious fanatics.

We were later informed that 5 persons, including Pastor Jose, were booked by the SDM (Sub-Divisional Magistrate) under Section IPC 151

S151: Knowingly joining or continuing in assembly of five or more persons after it has been commanded todisperse

By the grace and mercy of God, all 5 of the detained Christians were released on the same night. The following day, they applied and secured bail.

Pray that God will continue to use Pastor Jose and Beechu Ram for His glory and honour.

In Uttar Pradesh, the scale of “crack down” against the Christian minority community has been unprecedented, with tighter surveillance of churches and on those who continue to worship a western God, Jesus Christ. In many places, Police patrols are placed outside Churches, guarding the entry, to prevent people from gathering to worship Jesus Christ.

In 2018, Persecution Relief recorded more than 129 persecution incidents in Uttar Pradesh, the most hostile among 29 states.

In the first quarter of 2019, Uttar Pradesh continues to lead with 27 incidents of persecution recorded by us. Across the country in India, the doors of a multitude of Churches have been sealed and scores arrested on false charges of indulging in conversion activities.

Church, continue to fast and pray for Uttar Pradesh and for India.



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