Thursday, August 07, 2008

Indian pastor arrested under anti-conversion laws

[Religious Intelligence] 7 Aug 2008--A pastor in India was taken into custody along with his wife and two children following implementation of the controversial anti-conversion act.

Police raided Pastor Sam Oomen’s church on August 4 after a man who was baptised levelled charges of forced conversion and allurement.

“India’s growing anti-conversion movement puts the church in real jeopardy,” said Andy Dipper, the chief executive of Release International, an organisation which serves to protect persecuted Christians worldwide.

Partners of Release International claim that the charges are false and that the man who brought them was baptised with his consent, although efforts to release the pastor and his wife on bail have so far failed.

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