Under pressure to convert, women in Uttarakhand missionary case

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A key witness to the alleged conversion here told police on Monday that people associated with a Christian missionary offered to pay for her marriage and offered gifts to entice her to convert, police said.

The Nepalese woman said in a statement to police that a Jagdish Thakur and people associated with the missionaries had been offering to pay for her marriage and give gifts for several days, Deputy Police Commissioner Surendra Singh Bhandari said.

Under their pressure, she accepted an invitation to the show on Dec. 23, she said in a statement.

They wanted to convert her, she added.

The woman’s statement was taken by police at her home and may be recorded before a magistrate if required, the DSP said.

Villagers clashed with organizers of an event attended by Christian clergy in Devdhung, Uttarkashi district, on Friday, accusing them of illegal conversions, officials said Sunday.

The Purola police station has registered the cases of people associated with the missionary group called “Asha Aur Jivan Kendra” as well as five villagers, Purola Police Station Officer (SHO) Komal Singh Rawat said.

On Saturday, right-wing Hindu groups staged a demonstration at the SDM office, alleging that Christian missionaries were offering Nepalis a lure to convert them to work in Uttarkashi.

(Aside from the title, this story is unedited by NDTV staff and published via a syndicated feed.)

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