DETAINED ON CHARGES OF FORCED CONVERSION!
The growing concern of religious hatred from religious extremists has become a new normal fostering hostility and intolerance towards Christians. In the consummately organized hate campaigns by certain religious fanatics, In the now non-exhaustive list of religious hate crimes spilling over into increasing incidents of violence,
Persecution Relief reaches out to provide a lifeline of prayer and care to the victims of such persecution where no other help is forthcoming.
As reported by Santhosh (name changed) a practicing Christian evangelist for the past 8 years belonging to a village, Balaghat District, Madhya Pradesh, on July 16, 2021, he was called to participate in a prayer service at a believer, Mrs. Patel (name changed), house. The service was arranged primarily to pray for her daughter 18-year-old Deepa (name changed) who was constantly falling ill despite visiting several hospitals for treatment. On the behest of the family, Bro. Santhosh along with his wife and three children traveled to a village, 15 km away from his village, where the family resided. It was around 12.30 pm when they reached the place. The prayer service was in session and was being conducted by the Christian brothers who evangelized alongside Bro. Santhosh. However, in a span of few minutes, four men entered the house and dragged Bro. Santosh & his 3 colleagues out to the streets, brutally beating them. The police landed there in no time only to arrest the Christian evangelists, which seemed a case of the attackers being well acquainted with the police. They were taken to the police station, an FIR was booked against them under Section 154 Cr. P.C. which accused them of forced or induced religious conversion. They were incarcerated for four days in a cell with 40 other prisoners.
The Christian brothers were granted bail and released after four days of detention. Surprisingly though, the FIR was filed by Mrs Patel, the very woman, who had requested prayers from the evangelists for her sick daughter. It also mentions after prayers, the daughter was relieved of her ailment.
The growing trend of Christian minorities facing such extreme persecution which manifest into physical attacks, incarceration on false reportings of forced conversion needs to be addressed. It requires stronger and proactive efforts by the Body of Christ in standing with the persecuted brothers and sisters. Persecution Relief believes that despite the growing violence against Christian minority, the Body of Christ will stand strong in the Word, giving a united voice and extending practical help to our persecuted brothers and sisters to continue to witness for Christ in love and boldness. And off course loving & praying for your Persecutors.
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