Christians In Uttar Are Being Arrested After Attacks On Churches
Christians In Uttar Are Being Arrested After Attacks On Churches: It has been reported that after almost 25 Christians, including pastors, were detained over alleged “conversion” activities by authorities the week prior, Christians in Uttar Pradesh have expressed fear.
The general secretary of the Pastors’ Association of Uttar Pradesh, Pastor Jitendra Singh, said that 20 Christians were arrested on September 10 in Kanpur. It was said that the 20 Christians that were imprisoned in Kanpur were released on the same day: three on September 13 in Azamgarh and two on September 14 in Auraiya districts.
The Christians that were arrested were imprisoned after witnesses claimed they had assembled a significant number of men and women with the intention of converting them to Christianity and were offering financial inducements.
The Christian activist, who wished to remain anonymous, revealed that there is a strong possibility of their release, even if they opt for a conventional bail application.
According to the report, Pastor Singh said that “over 100 faithful, including pastors, had been detained by the state police in the previous six months on bogus charges of conversion”. It has become a “matter of great concern” for Christians in the state, he claims, as there have been so many arrests in the past week of this one month alone.
The incidents of churches being locked in Kanpur, Fatehpur, Bareilly, and other districts have sparked widespread concern among the local communities. These events have not only disrupted regular church activities but have also raised questions about religious freedom and tolerance in the region.
According to the record by the United Christian Forum, there have been 211 violent occurrences against Christians in Uttar Pradesh, the most of any state so far this year.