Dr. Sandhya Tiwari has been pulled from Madhya Pradesh’s “Kill Corona” program. She is also facing criminal charges under the state’s anti-conversion law.
In May, Tiwari visited homes in the Bajna area and passed out Christian leaflets and a recommended diet chart. She also reportedly told families to pray.
In a video recorded from her visit, Tiwari says she is not trying to convert anybody.
“What is wrong in telling them that God heals? I did not tell anybody to convert or forced anybody to pray to Jesus, I am being a Christian, I told them that Jesus heals,” she said in the video.
She was then taken to a police station for further interrogation.
“This is the state of religious freedom in our state, we can be booked for a conversation that we might have with people of other faith[s]. In most cases, the facts are twisted to suit to an agenda, and sadly the state machinery are handy to victimize the minorities,” the International Christian Concern quoted a local Christian as saying.
Madhya Pradesh has an anti-conversion law that says Christian workers are not permitted to “force” or give financial benefits to Hindus to convert them to Christianity.
According to The Christian Post, no Christian has ever been convicted under the law, but Hindu nationalist groups routinely make false charges against Christians in the area.
“Since the current ruling party took power in 2014, incidents against Christians have increased, and Hindu radicals often attack Christians with little to no consequences,” noted Open Doors’ World Watch List last year.
“The view of the Hindu nationalists is that to be Indian is to be Hindu, so any other faith — including Christianity — is viewed as non-Indian. Also, converts to Christianity from Hindu backgrounds or tribal religions are often extremely persecuted by their family members and communities.”
Open Doors ranked India as the 10th worst country for Christians to live.
HD Editor’s Note: Why Is This News Biblically Relevant?
The Bible states that in the last day perilous times shall come in which “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).
Although the persecution of Christians has been ongoing for the past 2000 years, we are warned that this pressure would be exacerbated in the times proceeding the coming of Christ.
All who are willing to step out against the grain of Christ-hating and sin-loving societies by following Biblical truth and morality will be hated for doing so.
In some areas of the world, being a follower of Jesus means imprisonment or death. In the West, many have thought that this sort of persecution would not be a possibility… but now such persecution is right on our doorstep.
In Canada, Pastors are now routinely being imprisoned for holding church services causing some to be forced underground. In the United States, legislation such as the “equality act,” “conversion therapy” bans, and others pose a fantastic danger to Religious Liberty.
“Sadly in our culture, today, disagreeing with someone and having vast worldview differences because of different starting points (man’s word vs. God’s Word) are misconstrued as ‘hate,'” Ham wrote. “But no matter what names we are called, Christians must continue to stand for and speak the truth in love, sharing with the world the only message that truly saves—the gospel of Jesus Christ.”