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Over 1,000 Christians in India Protest Arrest of Two Christians Accused of Black Magic

ICC Note:

Over 1,000 Christians in India protested the arrest of two Christians accused practicing black magic. According to the Christians, the two men were not engaging in black magic but were just praying. Hindu extremists in India often falsely accused Christians of crimes as a way to persecute the minority community. Most common, Hindu extremists accuse Christians of engaging in forced conversions of Hindus to Christianity.

2/6/2016 India (Times of India) – Over 1,500 Christians representing various churches on Thursday protested at Azad Maidan against the arrest of two staffers of Vasai’s Ashirwad Prayer Center last week.

The Vasai police filed a case under the Black Magic Act against the center located in Bhuigaon, Vasai (west) following a complaint by the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS).

The protestors said that it was unjust to book the center founder Pastor Sebastian Martin and his staff under the Act as the center did not practice any black magic but was only engaged in prayers.

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