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Anger over Madhya Pradesh treating Christians with suspicion

The letter was sent after the MP Police served a notice to the President of Jhabua-based Moksha Foundation whether his group was involved in anti-social activities among other things.

 
Christians attending Holy Mass in North India.
India: 

Christians in the northern Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have sent a letter reminding the government that they "are not terrorists and are not involved in criminal or anti-social activities".

The letter was sent after the Madhya Police served a notice to the President of Jhabua-based Moksha Foundation whether his group was involved in terror, criminal or anti-social activities among other things.

The local administration in the city of Jobat in the district of Alirajpur had earlier refused permission to Moksha Foundation for Christian meeting on the ground that it was likely to “disturb peace”. The area recently witnessed communal tension after a marriage between a Christian man and a Hindu woman.

All India United Christian Front and Moksha Foundation had organized the annual Christian gathering from October 6-9 in Jobat.

On October 7, Moksha foundation president Kapil Sharma was asked by the police to fill up personal information like name, address, passport number and political association among 20 points listed in a one-page document.

The second document sought information about the organisation: like the source of funding; whether involved in terror or criminal activities; details of members, including foreigners; and a clear note on the actual inclination of the organization (religious, political, social or communal).

"Normally the police resort to such measures under the pressures of radical Hindu nationalist organizations", explained Father P.J. Johny, spokesman for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Madhya Pradesh State. He added that they were clueless why such controls were carried out and why the permission had been denied.

A decade ago, the region had seen the campaign of the BJP and other Hindu fundamentalist organisations against alleged conversion of tribals to Christianity by missionaries using money and other enticements.

Christians said that they would try to re-organize the meeting as soon as possible.

Source: Agenzia Fides, Indian Express

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