Two Christians arrested in India on Easter Sunday (UCA News)

Simon Williams and Deepak Morris charged under a sweeping anti-conversion law that is often misused against Christians

By Bijay Kumar Minj

Two Christians were arrested on Easter Sunday in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh for allegedly violating the state’s sweeping anti-conversion law, media reports said.

Police on March 31 intercepted two buses with 110 passengers, traveling from Kanpur to Unnao. They were allegedly heading for an event where a religious conversion event was taking place, according to the Times of India newspaper.

Two people were arrested on charges of violating the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act 2021, media reports said.

Mahesh Kumar, assistant commissioner of police, said the accused – Simon Williams and Deepak Morris – promised 50,000 rupees (some US$600) each to the passengers if they embraced Christianity.

Activists of the right-wing Hindu group Bajrang Dal alerted the police and the buses were intercepted.

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