An Indian pastor and his wife were arrested and imprisoned after being falsely accused of engaging in fraudulent religious conversions by radical Hindu nationalists.
On 4 April Pastor Manu Damor and his wife, Asha Damor, were leading Easter morning service in Rangvasa village, located in India’s Madhya Pradesh state when they were attacked by a mob of 50 radical Hindu nationalists.
Source: International Christian Concern
The mob surrounded the house where the service was taking place and attempted to break down the door. Several church members resisted the attack and were severely beaten.
Pastor Damor and his wife were taken into custody and falsely accused of violating the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act 2021. Since the charges were filed, Asha was granted bail by the district court, but Pastor Damor was denied bail and remains in jail.
Indian pastors and faith leaders in India are voicing their concerns over the discriminatory law that took effect in March. “Things have become increasingly difficult for pastors and Christians in the state,” said Pastor Basu, a pastor in the same region.
“There has been a trend of increased hostility after the new anti-conversion law was enacted by the government. Hindu radicals are using the law to harass us, but none of the incidents will stand up to legal scrutiny.”
According to the law, individuals seeking to change their religion must apply to the district administration 60 days in advance. Religious leaders facilitating religious conversions also need to inform the district administration 60 days in advance. If the provisions of the ordinance are not followed individuals could face a sentence of three to five years in jail and a fine.
Let us pray.
- Ask the Lord to minister to Manu and Asha Damor. Pray He will comfort them as they face this trial. Pray for Pastor Damor’s protection and release.
- Pray that God will change the hearts of persecutors and that they will turn to Christ. Pray too that the authorities will act justly.
- Pray the church will continue to grow in India, despite the increase in opposition towards the Gospel.