Christianity crackdown: Mob destroys cross in violent attack on church

The church in Dhanbad city, Jharkhand, was still under construction when the mob attacked on June 22 and destroyed the cross. The church has a congregation of 16 families mainly from Belagadia.

Two teachers, Kaina Pansal and Sushant Predhan, teach in the premises but they were accused of having converting some local families.

Police arrested and interrogated the two teachers on charges of forced conversion.

Their arrests sparked outrage and anti-Christian militants destroyed and vandalised the church.

In Jharkhand, religious proselytism – the attempt to convert someone – is banned by law.

Anyone found guilty can be sentenced up to three years in prison and up to 50 thousand rupees (£537.26).

In the East Indian state, anyone wanting to convert to another religion must seek authorisation from the district authority.

President of the Global Council of Indian Christians, Sajan K George, argued the charges against Pansal and Predhan are false.

He said: “These anti-conversion laws are tools for intimidating, mistreating and frightening the tiny Christian community.

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Neighbours of Trinity Pentecostal Church in Kala Shah Kaku in Punjab province were alerted by the sound of commotion at around midnight and quickly rushed to the scene.

They found a group of radical Muslim men, some of whom were locally-known gang members, armed with guns, according to reports.

It is believed the mob shouted hate speech at the Christians and threatened to shoot them and set the church on fire.

In China, hundreds of crosses were removed from Chinese church because they were considered a threat to the Chinese Community Party (CCP).

Authorities in the eastern province of Anhui began cracking down hard on the display of all religious symbols in line with regulations.

In the first four months of this year more than 250 crosses were taken down from churches including institutions which have won the approval of the state, reports persecution watchdog Bitter Winter.

Religious bodies which have been given permission to operate in China are not exempt from persecution.

North Korea is also cracking down on rebels who have been sending leaflets, radios, US currency and Bibles across the border.

As part of a campaign, which has been going on since 2004, defectors have been dropping leaflets opposing the current regime into the nation using hydrogen balloons.

Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea’s Supreme leader Kim Jong-un, labelled the rebels ‘human scum’.

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