Indian Churches concerned over false conversion claims ( UCA NEWS )

Around 30 denominations in the northeast region appealed for 'a sense of history and fair-mindedness’ to resolve issues

Members of the United Christian Forum of North East India pose for a photograph after their annual meet in Guwahati on Nov. 24. (Photo Supplied)

Representatives of different church denominations in India’s northeastern states have expressed concern over the misleading campaign by certain people on the issue of religious conversions.

Around 30 Christian leaders in the region, which has a sizeable presence of Christianity, had gathered in Guwahati, the state capital of Assam, for their annual meet.

The meeting representing all church denominations in the region voiced concern about the recent “painful developments” that falsely victimized Christians, including foreign tourists.

The Assam government detained three Swedish nationals on Oct. 26 for violating tourist visa norms by participating in a Christian faith meet. Hannah Mikaela Bloom, Marcus Arne Henrik Bloom and Susanna Elisabeth Hakannson were arrested in Dibrugarh for allegedly luring people to convert to Christianity and were deported.

Religious conversion has become a very hot topic of late but there is no truth to it and nobody including governments has any data to back any of the claims, said Archbishop John Moolachira of Guwahati.

“The Church never indulges in such activities nor supports it. Some groups from other parts of the country come here and try to divide people in our region, which we condemn,” he told UCA News on Nov. 25.

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