Madhya Pradesh Police arrested four persons, including a Christian missionary couple, for using abusive language against another religion. They abused the non-Christian faith during the religious gatherings.
According to the New Indian Express, the four persons, identified as Vijay Jadhav (59) and his wife Ruth Bai (46) – both natives of Kothara village of Maharashtra's Amravati district – and two others Dany Paul (21) and Saibu Ivne (50), both reportedly related to a local church in Betul. They were arrested by the cops of Bhainsdehi police station in Betul district for defaming the other religion at a religious gathering organized at Udama village.
"We got information from one Raju on Saturday about Betul church people and some others organizing a religious gathering of people. The gathering organizers were praising their religion, but using objectionable language for the other religion. The cops reached the spot and seized from the spot religious literature, including some books, pamphlets and notebooks. The arrested foursome has been booked under Section 295A IPC and provisions of the SC/ST Act," sub-divisional officer police (SDOP) Shivcharan Bohit said, according to the media report.
'Intent of religious conversion'
Based on primary investigations, the police officer said that the people associated with the local Church and Christian Missionary organizations of adjoining Maharashtra often come to the village and hold prayer meetings where they defame and abuse another religion and community, possibly with the intent of conversion.