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Two Christians in India’s Madhya Pradesh state were arrested by police while accompanying six children to a prayer meeting on Monday, October 23. Hindu radicals have falsely accused the Christians with kidnapping the children and planning to forcefully convert them to Christianity. Police have admitted that the parents had given permission for their children to go with the Christians and that all of the children come from a Christian neighborhood. False accusations of forced conversions are often leveled by Hindu radicals seeking to harass Christian leaders. Will police soon release these two Christians who they arrested under false charges? 

10/25/2017 India (Asia News) – Police in Madhya Pradesh arrested two Christians, charging them with abduction and forced conversion of minors, the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), a Christian advocacy group, has reported.

GCIC president, Sajan K George, told Asia News that the state’s anti-conversion law – the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act – is used by extreme right-wing (nationalist) groups as a tool to harass and intimidate the vulnerable Christian minority.

Anita Joseph, 50, and Amrit Kumar, 51, were stopped by agents at the Indore Railway Station on Monday.

Speaking to Indian Express, Inspector Kunwarlal Warkade said that the police had been alerted by Hindu groups, who complained that Christians had abducted six children to take them to Mumbai and convert them.

After the arrest, the children were taken to Childline, an NGO that advocates and protects children and street kids.

The police said that both accused and the children live in ‘”Scheme 78’, a Christian colony in Indore.

One of the two people arrested, Amrit Kumar, said he was with the children for the sole purpose of accompanying them to a prayer meeting.

The agents admitted that some of the children’s parents were aware of the reasons for the trip.

Sajan K George notes that in the state Christians represent a tiny minority, about 1 per cent compared to more than 90 per cent who are Hindus.

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