Police arrest four for forcing villager to convert to Christianity
Madhya Pradesh police on Thursday arrested four people for forcing a Hindu villager named Manohar Bansal to convert to Christianity in Guradi village of Sehore district. Four days ago, the accused Christians approached Bansal and offered him money to convert to Christianity.
The enraged villagers trapped him and handed him over to Icchawar Police Station, Sehore Police Superintendent Mayank Awasthi confirmed.
4 men were visiting for conversions at Guradi village in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh.
They were pressuring a villager to convert to Christianity.
Later, the villagers caught them and took them to a police station.
All 4 arrested: Tagraj, Rajaram, Sunil Malviya, Tej Singh.
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According to reports, the four accused Christians had approached the village and were trying to lure the villagers. A Hindu villager, Manohar Bansal, had reported this to the police station in the town of Icchawar. Some villagers also reported that the four defendants constantly threatened local people to convert to Christianity. They said, ‘there is no other God but Jesus’.
Bansal in his complaint mentions that these four Christians had pressured him a month ago to accept Christianity. They met with him again this month to urge him to convert. Reports mention that he was offered free education for his children, a well-paid job, free medical facilities and access to cash in times of need.
The defendants were identified as Tagraj, Rajaram Malviya, Sunil Malviya and Tej Singh and were charged under Sections 3 and 5 of the Madhya Pradesh Religious Freedom Act.
Madhya Pradesh’s amended freedom of religion law criminalizes religious conversions through fraudulent means, including those for the purpose of marriage. In cases involving the religious conversion of members of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and minors, a prison sentence of two to 10 years and a fine of Rs 50,000 has been prescribed.