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A Christian teen in India was arrested and jailed for 12 days after anti-Hindu comments appeared on a fake Facebook account in his name. According to the Christian teen, Hindu classmates created the Facebook account and posted the anti-Hindu comments to get him in trouble. This came after months of abuse, including beatings and bullying. Anti-Christian sentiments in India continue to grow under the current BJP-led government. In the first half of 2017 alone, Christians have been attacked, mostly by Hindu extremists, more than 400 times. 

10/17/2017 India (Morning Star News) – A Christian teenager in northern India was jailed for 12 days after anti-Hindu comments appeared on a fake Facebook account in his name, sources said.

Sandeep Kumar, 18, christened Karan Anthony, was released on bail 12 days after being arrested on Aug. 23 and charged with posting anti-Hindu comments on Facebook in Uttar Pradesh state. The University of Allahabad student of agricultural sciences was arrested when members of the Hindu extremist Rudra Sena in his home area of Kasganj District filed a complaint with police.

“I did not make any posts on Facebook,” Anthony told Morning Star News. “It was my good friend who falsely framed me by joining hands with Rudra Sena activists.”

He said he has not used Facebook in months.

“Whenever I posted something about Jesus, my friend Sathin and other classmates started sending abusive comments,” he said. “They were expressing hatred in vulgar language, and I did not like it. I deactivated Facebook immediately and never logged in after that incident.”

The chief complainant, Sathin Gaur, was a former classmate and friend of Anthony, the Christian’s father, pastor Shriniwas Gautam, told Morning Star News.

Kasganj District police registered a First Information Report (FIR) charging Anthony with “promoting enmity between classes” (section 153A of the Indian Penal Code), punishable by three years of prison and/or a fine, and “publishing or transmitting obscene material” (Section 67 of the Information Technology Act), punishable by imprisonment of up to three years and/or a fine of 500,000 rupees (US$7,725).

He was also charged with accessing a computer without the permission of the owner and doing so dishonestly or fraudulently (Section 66 of the Information Technology Act), punishable by up to three years and/or a fine of up to 500,000 rupees (US$7,725).

Attorney Suresh Sahu, who represented Anthony before the district’s Criminal Magistrate Court, said police are continuing to investigate.

Anthony said he has long been a target of his Hindu friends because they know his father is a pastor.

“Before this Facebook row, they got me into trouble twice,” he said. “They beat me severely, alleging, ‘You are Christian, you are from low caste.’”

He had lost contact with his old high school friends after beginning university, he said. While in police custody, he said, he discovered a fake Facebook account had been set up with his name and photo.

“Somebody was using this account to post abusive, anti-Hindu content – I told the police it is not me,” Anthony said. “I was not at all aware about the fake Facebook account. I was only focusing on my studies, and we have worship services on the campus also every morning and evening, so I was spending most of my time with Christian friends here and never felt the need to open a social media account.”

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