Friday, November 25, 2011

Police in Northern India arrest and detain Christian based on Islamic Tribunal decision (Sharia Law)

Article by Marc Aupiais

A shocking event, whereby Indian police in the extreme north of the majority Hindu Nation, arrested an Anglican pastor: based on a decision by a Sharia Law court, is just another example of the shocking human rights situation on the sub-continent. Paris based Iglesis d'Asia reports that the arrest of Anglican reverend Channa Mani Khanna, pastor of the Anglican All Saints Church occured when a Sharia Law Islamic tribunal accused him of forced conversions. A common accusation against Christians in India.

While Christians and Islamic populations are both heavily persecuted in large parts of India by Hindu nationalists and the BVP, this arrest happened in Jammu and Kashmir. This region is just below Azad Kashmir, a part of Islamic Pakistan. Fighting over it is common.

The police in Srinagar, a city on the Jhelum River, in the Himalayan foothills, with half a million population: conducted the arrest due to the decision of the Sharia court under Muslim spiritual leader for Kashmir: Ahmad Bashir-ud-Din.

This arrest is similar to that conducted against Catholics in other areas of India, based on the same sort of "forced conversion" accusations. In that case the victims were nuns of Mother Theresa's Sisters of Charity.

The arrest based on a decision of a Sharia Law court has raised concerns that it is against the laws of India which sees all citizens as equal, none above the law. The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) is reported as calling the arrest unconstitutional.

To give an except of a source on this:


Zenit New reports:

"Dans l'Etat du Jammu-et-Cachemire, à l'extrême nord de l'Inde, la police de Srinagar a arrêté le Rév. Channa Mani Khanna, pasteur anglican de l'Eglise All Saints Church, sur décision du tribunal islamique présidé par le grand Mufti de la vallée du Cachemire.

L'affaire a éclaté mi-novembre lorsque le grand Mufti Ahmad Bashir-ud-Din a accusé le pasteur de conversions forcées, sur la foi d'une vidéo postée sur YouTube (1) où l'on voyait le Rév. Khanna baptiser sept jeunes hommes et femmes, reconnus comme ayant été de confession musulmane. Cette vidéo, reprise immédiatement sur d'autres réseaux sociaux du web, avait déclenché alors une avalanche de commentaires menaçant le Rév. Khanna de représailles. Depuis, de nombreux chrétiens sont venus témoigner sur les mêmes sites, de la difficulté à vivre leur foi au Cachemire où leur communauté ne représente que quelques milliers de personnes (2)"

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