Monday, March 02, 2015

Christian prayer meeting stormed by Hindutva groups in Madhya Pradesh

A group of Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) activists raised slogans outside a prayer hall near Jobat in Madhya Pradesh’s Alirajpur district Sunday accusing Christians of converting the local tribal people by “inducement”.
Around 300 people were present in the prayer hall on Jhabua Road when the HJM activists arrived at 10 am, nearly an hour after the Sunday prayer began. Church of North India pastor Emmanuel Ariel told The Indian Express that the activists raised anti-Christian slogans and also hurled insults during their protest till the police arrived.
HJM activist Pratap Singh Dawar alleged that it was common for the converted Christians to woo tribals by offering them money or promising “miracle cures” for their ailments. He said Christians provoke tribals against Hindus.
After the prayer meeting was over, the HJM submitted a complaint along with affidavits by three persons who alleged that attempts were made to convert them to Christianity by offering inducement. Sub-divisional police officer Anand Singh Waskale said FIR, if any, would be lodged only after the complaint was probed.
Dawar alleged that as part of their “miracle cures”, young Christian men “apply oil on unwell teenaged female tribals”. “This can’t be allowed to go on,’’ he said and added that the administration had been warned to intervene or else they will be held responsible if something goes wrong.
Ariel said the Christians did not lodge any complaint because the prayer continued after the HJM activists left.
In October last year, the district administration had denied permission to All-India United Christian Front and Moksha Foundation to hold a convention at the same venue where Sunday’s prayer meeting was held. The permission was denied in the wake of communal tension after a Christian boy and a Hindu girl eloped and married at an Arya Samaj temple in Bhopal.

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