Accompanied by the Madhya Pradesh Police Bajrang Dal members on Wednesday entered a church in Satna and stopped a wedding ceremony alleging that the bride and the groom had been unlawfully converted to Christianity some years ago.
Kolgawan police team, according to Indian Express, entered the Church of God in India before arresting 10 people, including pastor Sam Samuel and the groom’s parents.
CSP (Satna) Sitaram Yadav alleged that the bride was a minor as she was 10 days short of turning 18.
He also informed that the couple had allegedly converted to Christianity four years ago without informing the district authorities, which is a crime under the state’s anti-conversion legislation.
Satna SP Mithilesh Shukla also agreed with Bajrang Dal claiming that the girl was “a Hindu.”
“Bajrang Dal informed police that members of the Kushwaha community were being converted to Christianity at the church. We registered an FIR on a complaint by the bride’s uncle,” Yadav said, adding that her father was not mentally sound.
24-year-old Ajay Kushwaha works with a private firm.
Besides Sections 3 and 4 of the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, police have invoked IPC Section 295 (A) (deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings) and Section 14 of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act.
Church spokesman Mariyosh Joseph denied the charges rubbishing them as false.
He said the bride and groom were Christians adding that the Bajrang Dal and the RSS were behind the complaint.
Bajrang Dal has been very active particularly in BJP ruled states, where there have been several instances of brutal attack against minorities including Muslims and Christians.