Indian pastor arrested after holding mass on Christmas Day ( Christian Post )

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Police in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state arrested two pastors under the state’s “anti-conversion” law, alleging they converted people to Christianity through “enticement” or “force” during the Christmas season.

Pastor Paulus Masih, a resident of Rampur district, was arrested Monday on charges of “enticing” about 100 people on Sunday during a mass he held “in an open ground” in a village, The Times of India reported.

Senior police officer Sansaar Singh told the outlet that a case had been registered under Sections 3 and 5 of the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act of  2021 based on a complaint from Rajeev Yadav, who is described as a “right-wing activist.”

“The pastor has been sent to jail,” Singh was quoted as saying. “No prior permission was taken to hold the event.”

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