Three Nepalese Christians Arrested in India for Blasphemy

ICC Note:

Three Nepalese Christians were arrested in India last week after they were accused of defaming Hindu gods and idols by local Hindus in Uttar Pradesh state. The three Christians will likely face a lengthy legal process before their case is resolved. Hindu radicals often use false blasphemy and forced conversion charges to harass and intimidate Christians seeking to spread the Gospel in India. Unfortunately, local authorities often work with Hindu radicals to insure these false accusations are accepted by law enforcement.

01/15/2018 India (Christians in Pakistan) – Three Christians named Indra Bahadur Tamad, Shukra Rai and Mekh Bahadur, who were residents of Nepal, reached Shahjahanpur, India on Sunday. They began sharing Christian religious literature. Then they returned to their residence, which they hired temporarily because they wanted to stay there for some more time.

On Wednesday during a conversation with to two Hindu men, Ravi Prakash Dikshit and Vimal Pandey, they argued.

Later, the Hindu men submitted a complaint against the Nepalese Christians, impeaching them for humiliating Hindu idols and gods. Later, the Nepalese Christians were arrested by the local police.

Other people who witnessed the situation said that those preachers were devoid. Mr A (whose name is hidden for security reason) said that every year these Nepalese evangelists come to India for preaching Christianity. They did not say anything against the Hindu gods. Such incident happened for the first time.

According to local authorities these preachers are imprisoned against promoting unyoked feeling for religion in a particular class by humiliating other religions. It is a crime in India since the police believed that those Nepalese were affiliated with the World Council of Churches and evangelizing Christian faith. The Nepal residents are jailed under IPC Section 295 A.

In India often evangelicals, pastors and common men are imprisoned and menaced for telling people about Christianity. In Northern India Uttar Pradesh, 7 pastors were arrested with the blame that they were forcefully trying to convert Hindus.

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