Fanatics rounded up Christians in Pondicherry
Few Pastors from various denominations come together four days a week in one month for sharing the Gospel, in 3 states of India – Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala state.
On Sunday, 7th July, 2019, after Sunday worship, a team of 21 people from different parts of Kerala left for Pondicherry. Pondicherry or Puducherry, was a French colonial settlement in India until 1954. It is now a Union Territory town bounded by the south-eastern state of Tamil Nadu.
On Tuesday, 9th July, the team stopped near the Katterikuppam police station. As soon as they got down from the vehicle to distribute Gospel tracts, they were spotted by Policemen who requested them not to distribute tracts there, as it was a sensitive place.
‘On hearing the instructions from the Policemen, we decided not to hold a meeting and were getting back into our two vehicles. As soon we got in, we were rounded up by some young men on bikes. Steadily, the number of bikes increased and the mob began accusing us of conversion and asked us to get down. They forced the Police to file a complaint.
‘Immediately the Policemen asked our team to come into the Police station and sit there. They asked us to park our vehicle inside the Police Station compound. The other vehicle with a team left the spot and one team got into the police station.’
Pastor MM John, one of the team members, immediately called the Persecution Relief founder and briefed him about the incident. He said that some religious fanatics were putting pressure on the Police to file a complaint. This incident happened around noon.
Immediately various leaders from the Body of Christ (BOC) ADF and Synod leaders from Tamil Nadu intervened and by 6:30 pm they all were released without any charges.
In the Constitution of India, Article 25, affirms that “subject to public order, morality and health and to the other provisions of this Part, all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practice and propagate religion”.
Bible distribution is being considered as proselytizing and continues to be met with opposition across India.
The scale of crackdown against the Christian minority community has been unprecedented in the past 2 years.
In 2018, Persecution Relief has recorded 447 incidents of hate-crimes. In the first six months of 2019, we have recorded 208 incidents of hate crimes against Christians in India.
Church, continue to pray for freedom to exercise our constitutional rights and bring many out of darkness into His marvelous light!
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