06/07/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – On Sunday, June 2, members of the Bajrang Dal raided a Christian conference and accused its organizers of engaging in forced conversions. In response, local police arrested both the Christian leaders of the conference and the Bajrang Dal members who were involved.
The incident took place in Jhanjhanpur, located in India’s Uttar Pradesh state. According to ANI, Bajrang Dal workers broke up the Christian worship service and accused the leaders of engaging in forced conversions.
“We learned that in Kamal Barat Ghar, near Jhanjhanpur police station, a convention was being organized by some Christian clerics,” a Bajrang Dal member told ANI. “It has been happening for the last three months and every Sunday new women are lured into it. They are persuaded to adopt Christianity and are offered to convert for good health and money.”
However, a Christian woman, rounded up by the police after the Bajrang Dal had made its false claim, refuted the forced conversion accusation. Speaking to ANI, she said, “There is no such thing. We only gather at that place to pray. Most people who attend it are our relatives.”
False accusations of forced conversion are often leveled against Christians in India. Hindu radicals often use these false accusations to justify assaults on Christians and their places of worship. In other cases, these accusations are used to imprison pastors and curb evangelism.
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