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Two Pastors in Northern India Jailed on False Forced Conversion Charges

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India – On October 4, two Christian pastors in India’s Uttar Pradesh state were jailed on false forced conversion charges. The arrests happened after radical Hindu nationalists disrupted a worship service taking place in the home of one of the pastors.

On October 4, Pastor Harilal and Pastor Kalicharan were leading a worship service in Pastor Harilal’s home, located in the Mau district of Uttar Pradesh. Six members of the Hindu Vahini group, led by Chandan Singh, disrupted the service and began taking pictures and videos of the Christians that had gathered for worship.

“After a few minutes, police arrived at my house and asked why we were involved in conversions,” Pastor Harilal told International Christian Concern (ICC). “We told them we were not involved in conversion and only pray with those who want prayer.”

“Despite our explanation, we were taken into custody,” Pastor Harilal continued. “At the police station, we were further harassed by the police before they put us in lock up.”

At the police station, officers told the two pastors that India was a Hindu nation and their conversions to Christianity brought shame on the country. The officers went on to ask why the pastors converted others away from Hinduism.

When the pastors were taken before a local judge, they were again questioned about their involvement in conversions to Christianity. After a brief hearing, the pastors were sent to the district jail in Mau. On October 6, both pastors posted bail and were released.

“After this incident, it has been very hard to have a worship service,” Pastor Harilal told ICC. “We have had worship with half of the church members and have changed the timing and duration as well.”

False accusations of forced conversions are often used by radical Hindu nationalists to harass Christian communities across India. Due to growing religious intolerance and the normalization of religiously motivated violence, many non-Hindu religious activities are wrongly perceived by nationalists as conversion activities and are attacked or harassed.
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സമൂഹ മാധ്യമം വഴി അധിക്ഷേപിച്ചാൽ ഇനി പിടി വീഴും

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സമൂഹ മാധ്യമം വഴി അധിക്ഷേപിച്ചാൽ ഇനി പിടി വീഴും. പൊലീസ് ആക്ട് ഭേദഗതിക്ക് മന്ത്രിസഭ അംഗീകാരം നൽകി. സോഷ്യൽ മീഡിയയിലൂടെയുള്ള അതിക്ഷേപങ്ങൾക്കെതിരെ നടപടി എടുക്കാൻ പൊലീസ് ആക്ടിൽ വകുപ്പില്ലെന്ന് ആക്ഷേപം ഉയർന്നിരുന്നു. ഈ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തിലാണ് പുതിയ തീരുമാനം.

2011ലെ പൊലീസ് ആക്ട് ഭേദഗതി ചെയ്യാനാണ് തീരുമാനം. 118 A വകുപ്പ് കൂട്ടിച്ചേർക്കാനാണ് ഓർഡിനൻസ് കൊണ്ടുവരുന്നത്. സമൂഹ മാധ്യമങ്ങളിലൂടെയുള്ള ഭീഷണിപ്പെടുത്തൽ, അധിക്ഷേപിക്കൽ, ഇവ പ്രസിദ്ധീകരിക്കൽ പ്രചരിപ്പിക്കൽ എന്നിവ ഇനി കുറ്റകൃത്യമാകും. ഇത് സംബന്ധിച്ച് പൊലീസിന് കേസെടുക്കാൻ അധികാരം ലഭിക്കും. 2020 ഐടി ആക്ടിലെ 66 A
2011 പൊലീസ് ആക്ടിലെ 118 എന്നിവ സുപ്രിംകോടതി റദ്ദ് ചെയ്തിരുന്നു. ഇതോടെ സമൂഹ മാധ്യമങ്ങളിലൂടെയുള്ള കുറ്റകൃത്യം തടയാൻ നിയമം ദുർബലം എന്ന വിലയിരുത്തലിന്റെ അടിസ്ഥാനത്തിലാണ് സർക്കാർ തീരുമാനം.

നേരത്തെ മലയാള സിനിമാ ഡബിംഗ് ആർട്ടിസ്റ്റ് ഭാഗ്യലക്ഷ്മിക്കെതിരെ സമൂഹമാധ്യമങ്ങളിലൂടെ അശ്ലീല പ്രചാരണം വന്നത് വലിയ വിവാദങ്ങൾക്കാണ് വഴിവച്ചത്. സോഷ്യൽ മീഡിയയിലൂടെയുള്ള അതിക്ഷേപങ്ങളിൽ നടപടിയെടുക്കാൻ പൊലീസ് ആക്ടിൽ വകുപ്പില്ലെന്ന അധികാരികളുടെ നിലപാട് വലിയ വിമർശനത്തിന് വഴിവച്ചിരുന്നു. പരാതിക്ക് നടപടിയില്ലെന്ന് കാണിച്ച് സൈബർ ആക്രമണത്തിന് ഇരയായവരും രംഗത്തെത്തിയിരുന്നു. ഈ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തിലാണ് പുതിയ ഭേദഗതി.

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Lifelight Ministries invitation to Divine Family Webinar Series

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Lifelight Ministries aims to minister among youth with a clear objective of transforming young lives for the glory of God. It has been our constant endeavour to share the joy of walking in the love of Jesus Christ. On behalf of Lifelight Ministries, it gives me immense pleasure to bring to you ‘Divine Family Webinar Series’.

You are invited to join the 8-part online Family Enrichment programme held every Saturday from 08:00 pm to 9:30 pm, October 31, 2020 – December 19th, 2020 via Zoom. The sessions will be led by Dr. Chacko Mathai, Family Counsellor and Psychologist who has a rich experience of more than 18 years of counselling 2500+ families in various corporate/ formal and informal set-ups, along with his wife Mrs. Molly Chacko who will be enlightening us on the following components:

 Foundation of Marriage
 Expression of Love
 Resolving Conflicts
 Effective Communication
 Forgiveness in Marriage
 Healthy Sexual Relationship
 Question and Answer Session

Post the positive feedback and life-changing testimonies of various couples received after the successful completion of the Family Enrichment 8-part web series in Malayalam, we are greatly inspired to extend the reach and replicate the same in English and Hindi as well.

This opportunity will prove equally beneficial for both married couples and even those preparing for the same. The sessions, purely intended at impacting many more lives, will be conducted completely free of cost.

Looking forward to your valuable presence and participation. Please do feel free to share this information to anyone who might be interested.
Zoom Id – 774485940490

Rev. Finny George (President) +91 7986320233

Pr. Biju Thankachen (Vice-President) +91 7558080069

Bro. Lijo Reji (General Coordinator) +91 9311252922

Gali No 1, Guru Nanak Nagary, Muktsar, Muktsar, Punjab, India – 152026
Contact: +91 7986320233, 91 7558080069, +91 9886652142
Email:[email protected],
www.Lifelight.in

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