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    Action comes after Hindu groups revive their long-standing campaign against 'proselytizing' Christians in the state of Uttar Pradesh October 12, 2021: Indian pastors arrested over claims of conversions. Christians in India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh are worried that right-wing Hindu activists are targeting them for alleged religious conversions. In the latest incident, seven Protestant pastors were remanded in judicial custody after being arrested by police in Mau district on Oct. 10 for allegedly violating a state law that criminalizes religious conversion. The pastors, who were picked up while they were at a prayer meeting, have been charged with illegal assembly instead of violating the anti-conversion law. “We will move bail applications and are hopeful that they will be out of jail soon,” said Ashish Kumar, who is dealing with their legal work. The police also detained 50 other faithful from the prayer meeting but they were let off. Two Catholic nuns who had gone to a bus stop near the prayer house were held at the local police station for several hours until evening. “Police wanted to book the sisters along with the pastors but let them go after the pastors and the faithful said they were not part of the prayer group,” said Father

    OCTOBER 12, 2021A middle-aged Dalit woman was allegedly gang-raped at gunpoint in Uttar Pradesh’s Jewar area near Noida, police officers said on Monday, as the Opposition parties, including the BSP and the Congress, demanded action against the culprits. One of the four accused has been arrested over the Sunday morning incident even as multiple police teams were formed and surveillance teams, along with dog squads, deployed, the officers said. The key accused is absconding. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Women and Child Safety) Vrinda Shukla said, “Both are from the same village and known to each other.” The key accused, a drug-addict, dragged the woman and forced himself on her, according to Ms. Shukla, even as local officials said the woman was raped at gunpoint. "The role of other people in the act could be ascertained after investigation. The key accused is on the run and details could be confirmed after his arrest," she said. DCP Shukla said the rape survivor was taken to the district hospital after the incident where her health condition was stable on Monday. The police said an FIR was lodged under relevant sections of the law on the basis of a complaint by the woman's husband and an investigation is underway. BSP

    ACTION COMES AFTER HINDU GROUPS REVIVE THEIR LONG-STANDING CAMPAIGN AGAINST 'PROSELYTIZING' CHRISTIANS IN UTTAR PRADESH CHRISTIANS IN INDIA’S MOST POPULOUS STATE UTTAR PRADESH ARE WORRIED THAT RIGHT-WING HINDU ACTIVISTS ARE TARGETING THEM FOR ALLEGED RELIGIOUS CONVERSIONS. In the latest incident, seven Protestant pastors were remanded in judicial custody after being arrested by police in Mau district on Oct. 10 for allegedly violating a state law that criminalizes religious conversion. The pastors, who were picked up while they were at a prayer meeting, have been charged with illegal assembly instead of violating the anti-conversion law. We will move bail applications and are hopeful that they will be out of jail soon,” said Ashish Kumar, who is dealing with their legal work. The police also detained 50 other faithful from the prayer meeting but they were let off. Two Catholic nuns who had gone to a bus stop near the prayer house were held at the local police station for several hours until evening. “Police wanted to book the sisters along with the pastors but let them go after the pastors and the faithful said they were not part of the prayer group,” said Father Anand Mathew, a member of the Indian Missionary Society based in Varanasi. “None

    A MOB OF HINDU EXTREMISTS DRAGGED TWO URSULINE FRANCISCAN NUNS TO A POLICE STATION ALONG WITH A GROUP OF EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS WHO WERE PRAYING AT A PRIVATE HOME. The religious sisters were released after six hours. For Christian leader, “In today's political climate in India, wearing a religious habit means being marked out as a target.” Varanasi (AsiaNews) – Police arrested two nuns in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, and held them for a few hours in the latest anti-Christian incident caused by Hindu extremists. The two religious sisters were catching a bus, when they were forcibly grabbed by a group of radicals who took them to a police station along with another fifty Christians, accused of abusive conversion activities. “The incident took place in Mau, a district in eastern Uttar Pradesh,” said Fr Anand Mathew, of the Indian Missionary Society, speaking to AsiaNews from Varanasi. “Around noon, a mob of extremists attacked a group of Christians gathered for the Sunday celebration. "The two women religious, Sister Gracy Monteiro and Sister Roshni Minj, of the congregation of the Ursuline Franciscans, were not part of the group, but were waiting at a nearby stop for a bus to Varanasi,” Fr Mathew explained; however, they too “were

    11 October, 2021: On 3 October, nearly 250 people ‘vandalised’ a prayer house in Roorkee and ‘assaulted’ a few people. Locals say the scale of attack was ‘new’. VHP will ‘expand’ anti-conversion drive. On 3 October, a mob of nearly 250 people gathered in front of the prayer house, before allegedly vandalising it and assaulting a few people after accusing Pentecostal evangelist Prio Sadhna Potter and those present of illegal conversions. A week on, with no arrests made yet, local residents fear an attack like this, which was “never seen” in Roorkee before, will set precedent for similar assaults, and vitiate the atmosphere in the city. The family of Potter, whose late husband pastor Dickens Rockwell Lance used to run the prayer house, is also scared for its safety as it battles a social boycott. They say that the attack illustrates the widening communal divide and is bound to become a trend unless strict action is taken against the culprits. This fear could only get stoked further by the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leadership in the region, which has threatened to expand its ‘anti-conversion’ drive against the Christian community in rural parts of Uttarakhand. VHP leaders told ThePrint that the state police must take

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