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*Christian complain against BJP state president in MP *Christians attacked and threatened in Jharkhand

June 17, 2011 by  
Filed under India, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Persecution

Christian complain against BJP state president in MP

Christian complain against BJP state president in MP

Bhopal, 16, June, 2011: Christian leaders from the Isai Mahasangh launched a complaint with   Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer P.C. Meena against Prabath Jha, B J P State President, for his alleged inflammatory remarks made against he Christian community with reference to Jabera by-election to M.P Assembly. The congress candidate in the Jabera constituency, Dr. Tanaya Solomon is a Christian and daughter of demised MLA from this constituency Ratnesh Solomon. Before leaving for his election campaign in Jabera constituency  in a press conference held in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh, he said, “Christian missionaries are involved in forceful conversions in Jabera. He asked people to retaliate to the conversions. Also asked the Government ot probe against the alleged conversions reported by the BJP candidate Dashrath Singh Lodhi.” He said that the are mass conversions going on the jabera area. Isai Mahasangh state public relations officer John Antony said, “the chief electoral officer Shri. P C Meena assured us that he will be looking into the matter. And he is of the know of the incident and action will be taken accordingly.”

Fr. Anand Muttungal, coordinator of the organization, said, “ the BJP has used its communal agenda to divide the community on the communal lines. It is not he first time the issue of conversion coming up during the election, whenever there is a candidate from the community or there is a noticeable number of Christians, the issue of conversion is taken as a political agenda to divide the votes showing Christians as the demons. It is a clear violation of model code of conduct” State treasurer of the IMS, Roy John Thatta, said that it is first time Christians have raised their voice against the allegations of conversion during the election time with chief electoral officer. “Our concern is the future of Christian community and its security because the provocative speeches can negatively motivate fundamental groups to resort to violence in the state against Christians.” Said Jerry Paul State Secretary of IMS. The delegation included the Richard James, Mathew Abraham and other state office bearers.


Christians attacked and threatened in Jharkhand


Jharkhand, 28 May, 2011 (Compass Direct): Several Christians came under attack in Jharkhand state, India, in recent weeks. On May 28, Hindu militants beat the members of five Christian families in Palamu district. A week prior, a group of Hindu militants threatened to beat Pastor Sanjay Choudary of the Gospel Echoing Missionary Society if he did not stop leading worship meetings. He and his congregation then filed a complaint, leading the police to visit with them on May 28. Immediately after the police left, the enraged militants appeared and started beating people. One woman suffered internal injuries, and another believer was still missing at last report. The Christians have reportedly fled their homes. In a similar incident, Hindu militants in Karivadhi village are threatening to severely beat three families of new Christian converts if they do not return to Hinduism. These Christians have also fled the area and are now in hiding.

Prayer Points: Pray these Christians will look to the God of truth as their righteous refuge and tower of strength (Psalm 31:1-5). Pray they will be living witnesses to the love and hope of Christ, even to their persecutors. Ask God to work in the hearts of those who attack Christians in India, leading them to the path of repentance and peace.

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