NOIDA, India — A Korean Christian and three Indian nationals were arrested last year on fraudulent charges that they violated Uttar Pradesh state’s new “anti-conversion” law.
The Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Ordinance went into effect Nov. 28 to quash the trend of Muslim men targeting Hindu women for conversion and marriage.
Mi Kyung Lee, 50, of South Korea had accompanied three aid workers who went to Muski Gupta’s home in Noida to get a list of community people needing food.
Gupta’s neighbor, Anita Sharma, later told police that the four offered Gupta and Sharma money and rations if they converted to Christianity. A relief organizer said two of the aid workers were not Christians.
He called Sharma’s accusation a conspiracy by Hindu nationals. Hindu radicals and extremists praised police for arresting the four on Dec. 19.
On Dec. 20, three Christian men were arrested in a separate “anti-conversion” case in Azamgarh.
India is No. 10 on Open Doors’ 2021 World Watch List of places where it is most difficult to be a Christian.
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