RELIGIOUS GOONS FORCE TEHSILDAR TO FILE FALSE CASE AGAINST PASTOR, CHHATTISGARH.
Religious fanatics pressurized a Tehsildar in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, to make a false complaint against a Pastor who lives in their village. The complaint stated that *Pr. Manu had more than 50 guests assembled at his brother’s wedding ceremony.
“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I took a written permission from the SDM to organize a small wedding ceremony on the 15thof June 2020, for my younger brother at my house” said *Pr. Manu speaking to Persecution Relief.
“I didn’t even invite my blood-relatives to the ceremony, to ensure that the gathering stayed below 50 people, but the Tehsildar of my village told the police that I had more than 50 people assembled at my house” said the Pastor
Pastor Manu told Persecution Relief that the Tehsildar later called and apologized for making a false complaint against him. “He told me that a few religious fanatics had pressurized him into doing so” he added.
“They had no cause, whatsoever, to do this to me. It is only because of my Christian faith that they took the opportunity to harass me” said Pr. Manu. “Before and after my brother’s wedding, there were many other wedding ceremonies that took place in the same locality” he went on to explain.
“No rules and regulations were followed. The fanatics too, were often part of such parties. But no action or complaint has been made against them” said the Pastor who supervises around 40 other churches in that district.
Pr. Manu was ultimately booked under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. On the 28th of August 2020, he produced himself in court and was granted bail.
In 2008, religious fanatics filed a false case against the Pastor to try and stop his Christian activities. Explaining how the fanatics tried to continually pester him, he said, “They accused me of forcefully converting a girl who lived at an orphanage”
Since 2002, Pastor Manu has been involved in full time Christian ministry and is serving many villages. “For this reason, extremists’ groups constantly target me” described Pr. Manu who was caught, bound and severely beaten by Naxalites in 2003. “They threatened to kill me if I did not stop preaching” he added.
In spite of the systematic persecution, the Pastor continues to boldly practice his Christian faith. Persecution Relief continues to provide complete support to Pr. Manu as he perseveres on his walk with God.
Pray for all false charges against Pr. Manu to be dropped.
Pray that God would continue to powerfully use him as he oversees the Kingdom work in his district.
Pray that the Tehsildar would choose to stand for justice and righteousness and not give into the devious demands of the persecutors hence forth.
Pray for all those who have been persecuting Pr. Manu and his family. May they come to the knowledge of the true and living God. Pray that each of them would have a life changing encounter with Jesus Christ.
In the 1st Half of 2020, Persecution Relief recorded 293 cases of Christian Persecution. In 2019 alone, we recorded the maximum number of 527 cases compared to 447 cases in 2018, 440 in 2017 and 330 in 2016. From January 2016 to June 2020, Persecution Relief has recorded 2067 cases of Hate crimes against Christians in India.
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has downgraded India to the lowest ranking, ‘Countries of Particular Concern’(CPC) In its 2020 report. The US State Department 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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