Ten Christian workers and three girls under the age of 6 were arrested in the central region of India on 28 December and charged with “deliberate and malicious acts intended to hurt religious feelings.”
Three Christians are still in prison while the others have been released on bail.
They were accused of forcing conversions and insulting the gods and goddesses of the village. Hindu nationalists pressured police to arrest the Christians after a healing celebration, but police have stated that they have no evidence of forced conversions.
Source: Voice of the Martyrs USA
- Pray the Lord will release the detained believers and drop the charges against the entire group.
- Pray that those who are responsible for accusing the believers will see that the message of the Gospel is one of a free gift, not coercion, and respond in faith to Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9).
- Pray this case will be seen by authorities as unjust, unreasonable and an example of the flaws within the forced conversion laws; pray the laws will be changed.