On 16 April, a Christian pastor was arrested in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh under false charges of conversion activities.
The pastor was held in custody and tortured for nearly 24 hours.
“I could not walk out of the police station,” the pastor told contacts at International Christian Concern. “My two legs were swollen badly, and there was so much pain that I could not move from one place to the other.”
Local sources say that the pastor and his family had been visiting his relatives in Anamouh Anam. On the evening of the arrest, the family were singing and spending time in prayer. The police arrived at their home after receiving a complaint from a local resident about alleged conversion activities.
“They beat us as we got into the police van, and the police took turns to physically torture us,” the pastor said.
Pray for the pastor and his family as they continue to practise their faith despite persecution.
Pray that the police involved in this arrest will come to know Jesus.
Pray for Christian minorities who are the target of persecution in India.
Source: International Christian Concern, Voice of the Martyrs AU