Nine Christians arrested in India and held without bail after being accused of “force conversion” of Hindus to Christianity.
On January 26, 2021, Hindu nationalists stormed a Catholic church in Indore. Church members were accused of conducting a mass religious conversion service and nine people were arrested. Today, all have been denied bail and remain in jail. The prohibition of religious conversions in Indore stems from a January 9 law which states religious conversions must be approved by the state government. According to authorities, a woman attending the service told authorities she was being forced to convert from Hindu to Christianity. Church members say the woman has never attended their services before and believe she was planted by Hindu nationalists in order to trap the church through the state's rigid Anti-Conversion laws. In Indian states where similar anti-conversion laws are currently enacted, including Odisha, Uttar Pradesh,