Lawyers in India are working to free a group of Christians who have been jailed for taking children to a church camp.
According to Alliance Defending Freedom, local police in India detained a group of ten pastors and fellow Christians who were on their way with 60 children to Christian summer camp on May 23. Authorities soon released the children, but the pastors remain in jail. (More details)
Andreas Thonhauser, director of communications for ADF International, tells OneNewsNow the group is facing several charges, among them kidnapping.
"But all the parents testified in front of the court already. They told the police that they were absolutely fine with the children attending the summer camp," he says.
This is an example, says Thonhauser, of the rising hostility against religious minorities in many parts of India.
"It's the rise of the so-called Hindutva ideology," he explains, "which wants to purge India of everything non-Hindu. Christians are also suffering from this. All denominations are experiencing persecution today, at least in some forms."
And this case, says the ADF spokesman, is an example of severe persecution. He is hopeful the pastors will be released from prison soon.