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Six Indian Christian women arrested at a birthday party

Six Christian women from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh State, India, have been arrested after they were accused of carrying out forced conversions. Christians are increasingly being harassed and targeted under anti-conversion laws, often with false accusations.

The women were arrested on 30 July during a birthday party, attended by around 100 other Christians. 

However, 15 members of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a local Hindu extremist group, reacted badly to such a large gathering of Christians. They barged into the party and began recording the guests, taking their Bibles and songbooks away from them and accusing them of forcibly converting people. They then went to the local police station to file a complaint against the believers, using the Bibles and Christian literature they’d taken as proof of their accusations. 

Police then arrested the six women, most of whom are from very poor financial backgrounds.  

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