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India: pastors attacked

Even in a state with no anti-conversion law, Hindu extremists in Andhra Pradesh in June levelled the accusation of forceful conversion at pastors as they belted the Christian leaders with iron bars.

At their monthly prayer gathering in Thukkugudu, Hyderabad, on June 4, about 20 pastors from various denominations were stunned when a mob of Hindu extremists approached with clubs and iron rods and accused the ethnic Telegu clergy of forceful conversion. Vaguely worded laws in other states banning forceful, fraudulent or coercive conversions provide a ready excuse for false accusations against Christians, leading to numerous false arrests.