Police book two Christian pastors over forced conversion allegation in Uttar Pradesh

    17-Nov-2022   
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Attempts of forced religious conversions have continued to rise, even after the imposition of an anti-conversion law in Uttar Pradesh (UP). After the complaint, UP Police booked four people, including two pastors, for alleged forced religious conversion in Ghatampur town near Kanpur.
 
Forced Conversion 
 
The case has been registered based on a complaint by one Ishu Awasthi, who alleged that a Christian pastor, identified as Rajesh Sunare, tried to convert him to Christianity unlawfully. Awasthi stated that Pastor Sunare promised him a job in return for joining the church. The pastor also offered to get him married. Awasthi refused and approached the police.
 
According to the India Today report, while speaking with the media, Joint Commissioner of Police Anand Prakash Tiwari said, "It has been alleged that a particular church is using unfair means to promote religious conversion. We have launched an investigation."
 
Another alleged pastor, identified as Jagram, has been absconding with his family. Locals said that Jagram came to live in the town about ten years ago. It is alleged that Jagram organised prayer meetings at his house and started encouraging people to adopt Christianity.