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Hindu radicals in India’s Madhya Pradesh state have successfully intimidated police into booking a Catholic nun for kidnapping after failing to get her booked for forced conversion. According to local reports, the nun and 4 other Christian women were riding a train to Indore when police removed them from the train and detained then for 12 hours after radicals falsely accused them of forced conversions. When police released the Christians because they found no evidence of forced conversions, the radicals protested for two days which eventually led to the nun being arrested and booked for kidnapping. False accusations of crimes against Christian leaders has always been a tactic used by Hindu radicals in India as a way to harass and intimidate. 

06/16/2017 India (The Indian Express) – A Catholic nun was booked for allegedly kidnapping a minor girl by Government Railway Police, Satna, on Thursday. Two days ago, the nun was detained for alleged forcible conversion of four persons, a charge that turned out to be false.

Sister Bina, three women and the minor were made to get off the Indore-bound Shipra Express on Tuesday by the GRP following a tip from a Hindutva group that tribal women from Jharkhand were being taken to Bhopal for conversion to Christianity.

Members of Matrushakti, a female wing of the VHP, and Bajrang Dal were present when the GRP made the women get off the train when it reached Satna station. After detaining them for nearly 12 hours, the police said no case of conversion could be proved against them because the women were already following Christianity.

The minor was handed over to Childline while the nun and the three women were ordered to be released by sub-divisional magistrate Balbeer Raman. Not satisfied with the administration’s action, Bajrang Dal activists protested over the last two days demanding action against the nun.

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