Madhya Pradesh indicted for abduction of minors nun arrested on false charges

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Sister Bina Joseph investigated under Section 363 of the Indian Penal Code. The father of the minor girl was traveling with was "forced to file suit" by Hindu fundamentalists. Sajan K George: "The Constitution guarantees equal recognition to all religions. Unfortunately some are more equal than others ".

Bhopal (AsiaNews) - Sister Bina Joseph, the nun arrested a few days ago in Madhya Pradesh on false charges of attempting to convert four tribal girls , was indicted for abduction of minors. The complaint was filed yesterday by the father of one of the girls, the one that has been identified as a minor and accompanied by the authorities at the Center for ChildLine minors. Maria P. Stephen, spokesman for the Catholic Church in Madhya Pradesh, complained to AsiaNews : "They were the fundamentalists of the youth group Bajrang Dal and those of the RSS [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh] to force the parents of the girl to perjury. The police could not help but raise the complaint ".

Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) reported that religious is being investigated under Section 363 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code. Then denounces a "growing intolerance towards the Christian faith in Madhya Pradesh, ruled by the BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party]" and emphasizes that "the tiny Christian community feels insecure in secular India."

Stephen P. Maria reports that Sister Bina and the other three tribal with which she was arrested left the city of Bhopal yesterday. On June 13, the women were blocked at Satna station while they were on the train Shipra Express coming from Jharkhand. The railway police forced them to get off the train and kept locked in Satna station for at least 12 hours prior to transport to the police station where they were subjected to interrogation. The next day were released by the magistrate Balbeer Raman, than against them found no significant evidence. Against Sister Bina, the Carmelite congregation of Saint Theresa (SSTC), the Hindu fundamentalist Bajrang Dal [militant youth wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), ed ] and Matrushakti (women's branch of the VHP) had filed a complaint of forced conversion against girls.

The spokesman, who recently reported as the nun was "traumatized" by this whole affair, today reports that the indictment is the result of a whim of the Hindu extremists. "Not satisfied with the administration's decisions - he says - the Bajrang Dal activists protested for two days demanding action against the nun".

Sajan K George is concerned about "the facts hostile against Christians missionaries, even against religious who are subjected to intimidation, harassment and humiliation. This goes against the secular spirit of the Constitution that guarantees equal recognition to all religions and [establishes that they] can coexist peacefully. " "Unfortunately - he concludes - some are more equal than others. In Madhya Pradesh, the state with 50 years of anti-conversion law behind it, certainly the majority [Hindu] and his minions have their handbook of rules. "