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Four Christian women were arrested and released on August 12 after local Hindu nationalists falsely accused the women of forcefully converting Hindus to Christianity. According to reports, the four women were distributing Christian leaflets when the nationalists reported them to the local police. The women were arrested and held for two hours before being released. Stories like this are becoming more common as Hindu nationalists and their extremist counterparts ramp up their persecution of Christians living in India. 

8/16/2014 India (Asia News) – Four Christians were arrested, August 12, in Pulittadi, in Karnataka, on the basis of false accusations of forced conversions. Some locals reported the women after seeing them visit a family in the village, belonging to another religion. According to the crowd who rushed to the scene, the four tried to “influence the family to convert, laying siege to the house.”

The accused are Shirley, Mini, Leelamma and Shubha. Suresh Atramajalu, a member of the local administration, told police he had seen them handing out leaflets about Christianity and trying to convince people they met to convert. The police took them into custody and questioned them for two hours before releasing them.

Contacted by Asia News, Sajan George – President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) – considers the charges against the four Christian “a matter of serious concern, because not only did they target innocent faithful, but are likely to tear the fabric of society. The Hindu nationalist forces want to spread a feeling of suspicion towards Christians. ”

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