Pastor arrested and then released without charges

March 8, 2018 by  
Filed under India, newsletter-india

Uttarakhand, March 5, 2018: A Pentecostal pastor was arrested yesterday in Uttarakhand, northern India, without charges being presented against him. Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), told AsiaNews: “The police arrested and kept the Rev. Vipin Kumar at the Kotwali Laksar police station. In the end the pastor was released without charges “.

Rev. Kumar was leading a prayer meeting in the village, when – without any provocation – a crowd of right-wing thugs interrupted the gathering. The officers arrested the pastor and locked him in the police station at 11 am. They questioned him and only released at 7.46 pm.

The Christian leader complains that “while the right-wing henchmen interrupted the prayers and caused disturbances to public order, an innocent Christian was arrested. Thanking heaven, the pastor was not indicted. In any case, it is a paradox of justice that extreme right-wing extremists escape the hands of the law even if they terrorize religious minorities, and innocent people are detained and arrested “.

Pentecostal Christians are treated as second-class citizens”. During the holy period of Lent a peak of interruptions of prayers, intimidation and arrests of the faithful maybe seen.

Christians in India represent 2.3% of the total population [about 27.8 million, of which 19 million Catholics, out of 1.2 billion inhabitants – ed.]. The accusation of [forced] conversion is continually used to fuel suspicion and intolerance towards the Christian minority in India. Extremists use false propaganda based on fabricated accusations. They manipulate the majority in order to harass and intimidate the miniscule Pentecostal Christian community with numerous attacks .

– asia news

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