India:why let truth get in the way of politics?

"Allurement" is an illegal method of conversion in India but apparently not an illegal method to harass and frame Christians. I guess what's good for the goose isn't applicable to the gander there.


Dilip Akodiya of the Bethel church told Compass that officer Malvi informed him that he was under tremendous political pressure to charge Thakur.

Viju Varghese, Global Council of Indian Christians coordinator in Madhya Pradesh, told Compass that the RSS had offered Thakur 25,000 rupees (US$552) to implicate Pastor Bharti in a charge of “allurement” to convert.

Indira Iyengar, a former member of the Madhya Pradesh State Minorities Commission, told Compass “The harassment of the Christians just keeps spiraling upwards. Pastor Jagdish and Ramesh Thakur have been continuously harassed by the police, as well as by the Bajrang Dal.”

Bharti and 15 other Christians had been arrested on June 4 after a mob of Hindu extremists stormed their home prayer meeting in Mayapuri and dragged them to a nearby temple to force them to bow before local gods.

Pastor Bharti was charged with insulting religious beliefs “with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging” religious feelings. (See Compass Direct News, “Pastor in India Arrested after Attack by Hindu Extremists,” June 7.)

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