SDM’s permission to hold Sunday worship, Uttar Pradesh
In what is seen as an unprecedented and historic decision, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Uttar Pradesh, overruled the local Police Station’s decision, to shut down a registered Church, permitting them to gather every Sunday.
Pastor Abhimanyu Kumar has been ministering for the past 19 years, with “Holy Grace Ministries”. This registered Church, located at Rajupatti village in Azamgarh Block, Azamgarh District, has over 150 Christians who gather every Sunday to worship.
On Monday, 12th August, 2019, a Police constable from Jiyanpur Police Station, Dhanapur Block in Chandauli District of Uttar Pradesh, paid the Pastor a visit. He alleged that the Head of the Police Station had summoned Pastor to the Station.
Pastor visited the Police Station and met with Officer Vimlesh Kumar, who alledged that they had received several complaints against him, for indulging in conversion activities. He further added that the Pastor must shut down the Church with immediate effect.
While the shocked and surprised Pastor vehemently refuted the allegations, the Officer told him that the only other alternative was to take permission from the the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), to continue gathering to worship.
Pastor Abhimanyu called Persecution Relief to seek counsel and update on the recent development. Founder, Persecution Relief, advised him to write a letter to the SDM and the SHO.
Based on the counsel of the Founder Persecution Relief a determined Pastor Abhimanyu, wrote a letter petitioning the SDM on Tuesday, 13th August, 2019, detailing the Constable’s visit, his meeting with Officer Vimlesh Kumar and the fabricated complaints. He requested him to permit the registered Church to function, as it was his constitutional right. He requested for permission to meet from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.
On 27/8/19 Pastor Abhimanyu called and informed Persecution Relief that he has received the letter from the SDM allowing him to worship every Sunday from 6:00 to 10:00 am – instead of 9.00 – 1.00 pm. Praise God!
While Articles 25-28 of the Indian Constitution guarantee the right to freedom of religion to all citizens who all are residing within the territory of India, several Churches are forcibly shut down without any reason provided.
In 2018, Persecution Relief has recorded 477 incidents of hate-crimes against Christians. Uttar Pradesh recorded 129 incidents. – the most hostile state.
In the first six months of 2019, we have recorded 208 incidents of hate-crimes, with 39 incidents from Uttar Pradesh alone.
If you need the copy of the order please call our Toll Free No : 1800-1234-461 and we will provide the details and you can apply at your area SDM office and can ask for a similar order.
Many Churchs in Uttar Pradesh had been closed down and this order of SDM will be useful to secure permissions.
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