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Pastor and converts under detention in India’s Muslim-majority Kashmir

Catholic World News - November 02, 2011

The pastor of a Protestant church in India’s Muslim-majority Kashmir province is under virtual house arrest, and seven Muslim converts to Christianity are also in police detention, following allegation that the converts were induced by monetary offers.

An official of the Protestant Church of North India confirmed the baptisms, but denied the charge of financial inducements. The Muslims had attending the church for years and had taken catechism classes prior to their recent baptisms, he said.

While the police are trying to downplay the controversy, saying the pastor has been asked “not to move out for his own safety,” the local Shari’a court has issued a summons for the pastor to appear and explain his activities.

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