Twelve Christians arrested on false forced conversion charges in India
According to local sources, nine Christians in India were arrested and sent to jail on the 18th of July after being falsely accused of violating Uttar Pradesh’s new anti-conversion law.
Sadhu Srinivas Gautham, one of the Christians arrested on the 18th of July, reports a mob of 25 radical Hindu nationalists stormed a prayer meeting he attended in Gangapur. The mob accused the Christians of illegally luring Hindus into converting to Christianity.
“They raged against me,” Gautham told ICC. “It was as if they wanted to kill me on the spot. However, police arrived and escorted us to the police station.”
Along with six other Christians, Gautham was taken to the police station and charged with violating Uttar Pradesh’s anti-conversion law.
“The police officer and officials from the district administration demonized us saying we have deserted India’s traditional religion of Hinduism and have accepted a foreign religion,” Gautham continued. “They told us we should deny our Christian faith and go back to Hinduism.”
All seven Christians were jailed for three days. They are currently out on bail but have been charged with violating at least six sections of the Indian Penal Code.