09/15/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – One week has passed since the arrest of two prominent Catholic Church leaders in India. A priest by the name of Binoy John and catechist Munna Hansda were arrested and detained by local authorities for allegedly forcibly converting locals to the Christian faith.
George Alencherry, Papal Cardinal and Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar rite of the Catholic Church, has issued numerous complaints and appeals for their release from Jharkhand Prison. Despite repeated attempts at securing their freedom, they have yet to be allowed to return to their parish. Alencherry views this matter as one of “abuse of the legal system.”
The arrest is given warrant by the constituent measures of India’s recently passed anti-conversion law, known officially as the “Freedom of Religion Act.” The Cardinal believes activists and Hindu radicals are behind the unfolding actions being taken against the Catholic Church in the region.
The judiciary will not allow the men to be released, even through bail. The incarceration of the two Catholic leaders remains in effect without a present means by which to resolve the situation.