Religious nationalism India | 13 June 2023

India: Social activists help imprisoned Christians

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According to UCA News reporting on 26 May 2023, social activists helped 12 pastors and 9 other Christians be released on bail in Uttar Pradesh. The 21 Christians had already served six months in prison for allegedly violating the 2021 Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act. The report states that Christians account for a mere 0.18% of Uttar Pradesh’s 200 million population.

An analyst working with World Watch Research comments: “Christians in Uttar Pradesh often face targeted attacks from radical Hindu organizations who take advantage of the law and appear able to claim that virtually any Christian gathering for worship automatically entails the unlawful conversion of Hindus. Such misuse of the law by Hindu activists highlights the whole problematic behind all anti-conversion laws in Indian states.”

The analyst continues: “Although a significant number of Christians did get bail from the Allahabad High Court, there are still at least 33 other Christians (many of them pastors) in various jails throughout Uttar Pradesh, who stand accused of carrying out similar ‘unlawful conversions’.”


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