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Indian pastor and his wife are now free to move home

A protestant pastor and his wife were charged with forced conversion, and the court ruled that they had to leave their village. Now the High Court has overruled the decision, and the couple can return to their home.

Pastor Dominic D’Souza and his wife Joan Mascarenhas D’Souza were accused of forced conversion and the use of black magic. The police filed more cases against them based on the one issued.

On March 14, the North Goa district collector issued an order against them. They were ordered to leave North Goa, their home, for six months. The couple challenged the decision with the chief secretary of Goa. There was a significant delay in the decision-making process, so the couple turned to the High Court, which gave April 26 as the end date for the chief secretary to make a decision.

The chief secretary dismissed their appeal, so they went to the High Court again. The High Court overruled the previous decision and said that an externment order could not have been issued against the pastor and his wife whilst the investigation was still pending. The couple is now free to return home to Siolim village in north Goa.

Source: UCAnewsu

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