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Indian nun released on bail, after false accusation of conversations

According to Asia News, a Catholic nun falsely accused of violating Madhya Pradesh’s anti-conversion law was granted bail and released from jail earlier this week. Sister Baghya, a principal at a Christian high school, was falsely accused of attempting to forcefully convert a Hindu teacher who was terminated due to poor performance.


On the 22nd of February, police charged Sister Bhagya, the Sacred Heart Convent High School principal in Khajuraho, with violating the state’s anti-conversion law. The case against Sister Bhagya is based on a complaint by Ruby Singh, a Hindu teacher who was let go by Sacred Heart Convent High School last year during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Singh claims her contract was terminated because she refused Sister Bhagya’s pressure to convert to Christianity.

It is clear that Ruby Singh falsely implicated the principal, Sister Bhagya, by levelling allegations of forced conversion against her and her family,” Judge Atul Sreedharan said in announcing the court’s decision to grant Sister Bhagya bail. The court released Sister Bhagya on bail of 10,000 rupees and adjourned the case until the 7th of April.

On the 9th of January, the Madhya Pradesh state government enacted a new anti-conversion law. The law allows the state government to regulate all religious conversions and criminalises fraudulent religious conversions.


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