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ICC Note: A Christian couple was arrested on their wedding day, based on an accusation by the Bride’s father than they had been trying to forcibly convert him. The couple has been some of the first charged under the State’s new anti-conversion legislation. This is likely the beginning of a trend of Christians being arrested on charges much like these.

06/24/2018 India (Christian Today) – A Christian couple who were about to get married were reportedly arrested at the wedding venue in India’s Jharkhand state two weeks ago after the bride’s father accused them of forcible conversion.

According to Morning Star News, the bride and groom were arrested by the police on May 28 while they were preparing for the wedding following a complaint from the bride’s father.

The father, Somaru Manjhi, accused the couple of assaulting him and threatening to kill him if he refused to convert to Christianity.

The couple have been charged under the state’s new anti-conversion law. Somaru Manjhi’s 18-year-old daughter, Tripti, said that everyone in her family had converted to Christianity, except for her father. She claimed that Somaru wanted her sister, Sumanti Kumari, who was baptized in 2012, to marry a tribal Sarna but she wanted to get married to 28-year-old Rupesh Manjhi, who was allegedly shunned by his family after he accepted Christ.

Tripti defended her sister and Manjhi, saying her father had filed a false complaint because the villagers did not want a Christian wedding in the village.

Biyari Devi, the wife of the pastor who was supposed to officiate in the wedding, said that both the bride and groom hailed from Sarna families who converted to Christianity.

“Somaru Manjhi is my uncle also in relation. He has always been against Christ and the church since the house church was established in 2008. But he never became violent or aggressive with us until the question was about his daughter’s marriage,” she said, as reported by Morning Star News.

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