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Three Christians in India’s Madhya Pradesh state were arrested after expressing their faith to Hindu villagers. According to police, the Christians were arrested after they told Hindu villagers that they could be healed from sickness if they started believing in Jesus Christ. Under India’s Constitution, citizens enjoy full religious freedom which includes the right to freely believe, practice, and propagate an individual’s faith. In many instances, this right is ignored and Christian evangelists are often falsely accused and arrested for attempting to forcefully convert people to Christianity. 

04/10/2017 India (The Indian Express) – Three Christians were held from a village in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh after a villager complained to the police that they tried to convert him by offering him a cross.

The police were yet to produce Amarsingh, 35, Kishor Barela,30, and Prabhakar Barela, 39, before a court on Monday, hours after their arrest from Sitabedi village, nearly 40 kms from Khandwa, on the charge of telling the villagers that they will be cured of their illnesses if they start believing in Jesus Christ.

SDOP (Harsud) Shashikant Saryam told The Indian Express that the trio belongs to Indian Evangelical Team. He said one Raju Barela gave a written complaint following which arrests were made around 3 pm on Sunday. The police have booked them under the state anti-conversion law. Saryam said a cross and religious literature were seized.

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