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Police Detain Christians Providing Aid to the Poor – April 1st 2020

Morning Star News, March 30, 2020

Police in India’s Tamil Nadu state rushed to a slum where Christians were providing aid earlier this month and detained them on false charges of forcible conversion.

They humiliated the Christians, accusing them in coarse language of trying to fraudulently convert the poor in the guise of providing basic necessities.

Shortly after the pastor and about 30 young adults from the church arrived at the slum area on March 8, a Hindu extremist showed up and began uttering obscenities.

“He started beating the youth missionaries and abused them in extremely foul language,” the pastor said.

The Hindu nationalist told them he had already filed a police complaint against them and the Christians were shocked when police arrived and took them into custody.

“They spoke ill about Christianity and slapped us as we stood there in the police station helplessly,”

Inspector of Police Senthil Vinayagam spoke abusively to the Christians, trying to incite the youths to respond aggressively to his words, but by God’s grace they did not.

Police released them with a warning that they should not be seen again attempting to convert people in the area.