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India: Protestant pastor arrested for ‘forced conversion’ of Muslims

November 22, 2011

Police in largely Muslim Jammu and Kashmir, India’s northernmost state, arrested Protestant pastor C.M. Khanna on November 19 on charges of fomenting religious enmity and converting Muslims through financial allurements. Khanna had been placed under virtual house arrest earlier in the month after the dissemination of a video clip that showed him baptizing Muslims.

Jammu and Kashmir “is known for communal harmony and co-existence of religion,” said Ali Mohammad Sagar, the state’s minister for law and parliamentary affairs. “Any person who will try to create hatred or ill will against any religion will not be spared, but will be dealt under law.”


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