Pastor arrested after Sunday Worship, Uttar Pradesh
Police in India’s Uttar Pradesh state, stopped a prayer meeting in a House Church, detained the visiting Korean Tourists, the Pastor and Bro. Sandeep, following allegations that religious conversion was being carried out.
Pastor Jawahar Lal is associated with Gospel Movement Ministries. He ministers on his own private land since 2014. Some 100 people, including tourists from Korea, were present at the church service in Kakar Ghata village, in Umarda Block in Kannauj District of Uttar Pradesh State.
On Sunday, 07th October, around 10.30 am, just as the meeting started, Bro. Sandeep, who finished his training under the Pastor, visited along with a few South Korean believers.
Pastor welcomed the visitors and continued with the worship service. In a short while, Police burst into his Church in an apparent crackdown on the visitors who they alleged were converting innocents through allurements.
They subjected Pastor Jawahar, to a battery of questions, trying to intimidate and terrorize him:
How much money have you received?
How many people have you have converted?
Why did you give up your religion?”
Police detained Pastor, Bro. Sandeep and the visitors at Tatia Police Station for questioning and eventually they were released.
Pastor was further detained and threatened by the Police that he would face dire consequences and jail term, in a bid to stop him from holding church services. However, no charges of forced conversion were made. Later they took his Aadhar ID Card & Passbook and let him go.
In the evening, religious fundamentalists brought along a Media Team who sensationalized the incident, with false propaganda against Christians.
Uttar Pradesh continues its unabated attack against Christians, Churches and Christian Institutions. Persecution Relief have recorded 51 incidents of persecution this year until the month of September.
Several house churches have been prevented from holding prayer gatherings, which is part of an ever-widening nationwide operation targeting unofficial “house churches” across India.
Freedom of religion in India is a fundamental right guaranteed by Article 25-28 of the Constitution of India. Every citizen of India has a right to practice and promote their religion peacefully.
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