As briefed by Rev. David Fernandez, Advocate Vaishali Sawant and Rev. Devdan Tribhuvan, Rahat Legal Aid Foundation and Coordinator, Persecution Relief, Maharashtra.
Evangelist Jayesh Shelar, a Leader with Living Hope Church, Hindi Congregation, Mumbai, which is pastored by Pastor Vinu Paul, has been arrested by the Police and framed with false charges of molesting a minor girl. Evg. Jayesh used to minister in the area and the locals were against him because of his faith in Jesus Christ.
On 24th April, as he was walking down the road in that area, around noon, 2 young girls were walking ahead of him. Suddenly, one child accidentally fell down. As Evg. Jayesh, who was walking behind these girls, reached out to give the girl a hand, a couple of women who were around, began yelling and shouting, drawing attention of the public. As the crowd gathered, Evg. Jayesh was falsely accused of molesting the girl. He was beaten by the public, face painted black, and taken to the Police Station. No one knew about his whereabouts as his mobile telephone was confiscated from him. He was only allowed to make a call at 9.00 pm
Evg. Jayesh is currently in Police custody. An FIR has been lodged against him under IPC 354 and POSCO. Advocate Vaishali Sawant, who is currently at the court, will be seeking ‘Judicial custody’ after which bail will be sought.
Enclosed are Founder’s conversations with Advocate Vaishali Sawant and Rev. Devdan Tribhuvan.
Evg. Jayesh is a strong follower of Jesus with a passion for the lost.
Church, please pray for all conspiracies to be exposed and for a fair and just judgement in this case.
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