False Complaint Against Innocent Pastor, Uttar Pradesh.
Pastor Jagram Singh was falsely accused of hindering a marriage of a young couple.
Pastor Jagram Singh leads the Khristi Kalisiya in Kanpur, a district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. A few months ago, a mother and daughter had attended his church and since then they have been attending the Khristi Kalisiya Church. The father however, didn’t support their decision of turning to Christianity and continued to follow his own beliefs.
During the course of time, the young daughter met a Christian boy. They decided to get married this year and asked Pastor Jagram to perform the wedding at their village but he asked them to wait till the lockdown was lifted as it was not safe to have a wedding during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The girl was not in favor of Pastor Jagram’s suggestion of postponing the wedding. This topic was soon discussed amongst the family with all of them eventually going against the pastor’s advice and turning against him. The father of the girl realized he had an opportunity to find fault with the Pastor. On the 12th of May, the father of the bride made a complaint against Pastor Jagram at a local Police Station saying that his wife and daughter were being threatened by Pastor Jagram to conduct the wedding nuptials at his Church. . The same was reported in a daily newspaper called the ‘Jagran’.
Speaking to Persecution Relief, Pastor Jagram said that a complaint of forced conversion has been filed against him and the Tehsildar has asked for an inquiry to be made, however, Pastor Jagram was summoned to the police station and they questioned him. Pastor Jagram has also personally thanked Persecution Relief for the Prayer Requests that they circulated amongst the Church in India to pray for his situation. Many fellow believers called to pray with him and encourage him, for which he is very grateful.
The Church is not a crowd, it is a family. When people come together, they uplift each other in prayer and help each other in need. In this case, the mother and daughter were part of this Church for a few months now. Sadly, they turned against the very person who nurtured and cared for them. The Pastor is like a shepherd and he will always love and care for his sheep. Thisis his prime objective. But when there is danger, he has to warn the sheep and prevent them from going astray, sometimes causing a tension between themselves.
The Church must keep a continuous check on the condition of its members faith and beliefs. Very often we come across believers who easily fall away from their faith in Jesus Christ. Who is to blame? Did they have a true encounter with Jesus Christ? Are they really saved? Are they given sound doctrine? Are they strong and faithful believers? These are the questions the Church needs to ask. As God urges us through his word, check for the wolves in sheep’s clothing, or else the outcome could be like this story or even worse. Church, lets consolidate ourselves.
From January 2016 to March 2020, Persecution Relief has recorded 1961 cases of Hate crimes against Christians in India. In the 1st Quarter of 2020, we recorded 187 cases.
Between 1st Quarter of 2016 to 1st Quarter of 2020, there has been a rise of 128.04 % of Hate Crimes against Christians all across the country. In 1st Quarter of 2016, we have recorded 82 cases, in 2017 – 134, 2018 – 117, 2019 – 130 and in 2020 we recorded 187 cases of Christian Persecution.
In 2019 alone, Persecution Relief has recorded the maximum number of 527 cases compared to 447 cases in 2018, 440 in 2017 and 330 in 2016.
In 2019 we have recorded 199 incidents related to Threats, Intimidations & Harassments against Christians, 104 incidents of Church attacks, 85 incidents of Physical Violence reported which includes Women & Children, 100s of House Churches were forcefully closed down by Religious Fanatics and the local administrations.
US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) ranked India’s persecution severity at “Tier 2” along with Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the past seven years, India has risen from No. 31 to No. 10 on Open Doors’ World Watch List, ranking just behind Iran in persecution severity.
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