Dr. Sajan George of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) told ICC that Pastor Muna got into trouble when he prayed for a woman suffering from tuberculosis and kidney problems, not knowing that she was the wife of a local leader of the VHP. The lady was the wife of Jibardhana Chouhan, the Rourkela district coordinator of the VHP.

“As Pastor Muna started praying for the lady in her house, her daughters shouted that he was trying to force her to accept Christianity. Immediately, the daughters called the neighbors and made accusations of forced conversion against the pastor,” George said.

The family members promptly called the police and handed over Pastor Muna to them. The police arrested the pastor on charges of house-trespass, use of criminal force on a woman and hurting religious sentiments, under Sections 448, 354 and 295A of the Indian Penal Code. Muna was consequently produced before a court, which refused his bail application and remanded him in judicial custody.

source ICC. www.persecution.org