Pastors and church members arrested for alleged religious conversions
Christians in Uttar Pradesh have voiced grave alarm after nearly 25 believers, including pastors, were arrested in the previous week over supposed "conversion" efforts by authorities.
Pastor Jitendra Singh, the general secretary of the Pastors’ Association of Uttar Pradesh, told UCA News that 20 Christians were arrested on Sept. 10 in Kanpur, three on Sept. 13 in Azamgarh, and two on Sept. 14 in Auraiya districts.
Although the 20 Christians imprisoned in Kanpur were freed the same day, the three believers from Azamgarh had little chance of release. They were detained by the police after residents said they were giving cash incitements and had gathered a sizable group of men and women with the intention of converting them to Christianity.
According to a Christian activist who asked to remain unnamed, there is “little chance” that they would be released, even if they submit a conventional bail application.