India: Three Christians Arrested in Uttar Pradesh for Forced Conversions

November 1, 2023

Many Hindus believe that conversion to Christianity is an attack on their culture and way of life, and an imminent threat to both, despite the fact that Christianity has been a presence in India since the days of St. Thomas the Apostle. 

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in India, see here.

“Three Arrested in Uttar Pradesh for Forced Conversions,” International Christian Concern, October 24, 2023:

10/24/2023 India (International Christian Concern) — The latest incident related to India’s so-called ‘Freedom of Religion Act’ has seen three believers thrown in jail this week, accused of forcibly converting Hindus to Christianity.

Ten police officers interrupted a Sunday morning worship service and demanded personal information from Pastor Kalpanath, including his denominational affiliation, bank account transactions, and personal identification numbers.

Pastor Kalpanath and two congregants were taken into custody and interrogated for four hours….

According to a local church leader who requested anonymity, “Ninety percent of all churches in my region are shut down as a result of this crackdown on churches by radical Hindu nationalists. Christians here are facing some of the worst times in the history of Independent India, and in the next couple of years, Christians may not be permitted to have gatherings due to intense persecution and physical attacks.”