Pastor arrested for attempting to convert family in Karnataka
On Monday, the Karnataka Police have arrested a pastor who attempted to convert a family to Christianity in the Shivamogga district of the state, the police said. The accused Madhu is a 34-year-old is a resident of Kashipura layout in Shivamogga.
According to police, the accused pastor has forced a family to convert to Christianity on the pretext of curing their three-year-old child of disease.
A case has been registered in the Vinobanagar police station of Shivamogga district.
The three-year-old child suffered from a disease and though the family approached many doctors, they could not find a solution. Taking advantage of this fact, the pastor told the family members that religious conversion from the Hindu religion to Christianity is the only solution for their problem.
Madhu asked the family to remove all images of Hindu gods from their home and told them to carry out prayers for Jesus Christ. He had also given them religious books and asked them to follow Christianity, according to police.
After locals complained about the incident, the police took him to custody on charges of forceful conversions and they have also booked him under illegal construction of a building in the Bommanakatte area.
A case has been registered against the accused under IPC Sections 417 (cheating) and 295 (a).
[With Inputs from IANS]
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