Indian Pastor and Family Face Anti-Conversion Charges

3/14/19 India (International Christian Concern)- Pastor Balu and his family serve a small Christian church in Madhya Pradesh, India. Despite the fact that both Pastor Balu and his wife are visually-impaired and face pressure from their community, they are devoted to their church and serving God. Their young son helps them navigate daily life. Earlier this year, an incited mob interrupted their Sunday worship, beating the Pastor and the twelve other congregants attending that day. Finally, the police arrived but ultimately it was the church’s victims who were charged. Following the attack, the family was harassed by the officials and held without bail for three days.

Despite the fact that Indian Christians legally have the right to practice their religion under Article 25 of their Constitution, the reality is that many are wrongfully accused and charged under anti-conversion laws. Minorities in India and other South Asian countries suffer from similar fates.

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