By BosNewsLife Asia Service
NEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife)– Four Christians in India’s eastern state of Jharkhand, who were in prison since May on charges of forced conversion, have been released, an advocacy group says.
Voice Of the Martyrs Canada (VOMC) claimed that the troubles began when the father of one of these believers said they had attempted to force him to convert to Christianity physically.
Police reportedly said that Somaru Manjhi’s daughter, Sumanti, was to be married on May 30th. The 65-year-old man claimed that he was beaten with a bamboo stick by Sumanti, her fiancé Rupash, and two Christian missionaries after he opposed his daughter’s desire for a Christian wedding, VOMC told BosNewsLife.
“We are pleased to report that after investigation, the four falsely accused Christians have been released from police custody.”
However, “while praising God for their release, we remain mindful of their need for God’s help and protection as they return to their communities and families,” the group added.
In several parts of India, a mainly Hindu nation, Christians have reported difficulties including attacks by Hindu extremists.