South Asia

India railway arrests for ‘forced conversions’ and ‘kidnap’

President of the Global Council of Indian Christians, Sajan K George Credit: Global Council of Indian Christians

Two Christians were arrested this week and accused of abducting six children when they were stopped at the Indore Railway Station in Madhya Pradesh.

The two, Anita Joseph and Amrit Kumar, were arrested by police and charged with abduction and forced conversion of minors. Sources said that those arrested were accompanying the children toa  prayer meeting with their parents’ consent.

The President of the Global Council of Indian Christians, Sajan K George said: “Christians are treated as second-class citizens … They are denied the right to move freely and to practice their own religion. No one broke the law and the children were travelling with their parents’ consent.”

In an earlier incident last Summer, Madhya Pradesh police stopped a bus with 60 children and their chaperones, including clergy and churchworkers, as it was going to a Christian holiday camp in Nagpur. Authorities allege that the children’s parents had not filled in required legal paperwork to convert to Christianity.