Christian Solidarity Worldwide calls for release of four Christians arrested on anti-conversion charges in India's Jharkhand state
(Worthy News) - UK-based religious freedom advocacy Christian Solidarity Worldwide has called for the release of four Christians who were arrested in the Indian state of Jharkhand in late May on anti-conversion charges.
CSW says local sources have informed them that charges against the four - arrested on 29th May - were false and stemmed out of opposition to the scheduled marriage of two of the accused on 30th May.
After villagers expressed their opposition to the slated Christian ceremony which was to be held in the village of Podkher, CSW says the Christian couple - Sumanti Kumari and Rupash Manjhi - sought help at the local police station. Villagers brought the girl's father to the police and then alleged the couple had tried to forcibly convert him. The couple's pastor was then summoned and charges subsequently laid against the pastor, his assistant and the couple, according to CSW.
The four Christians have now been remanded in prison. [ Source: Sight Magazine (Read More...) ]