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Sunday, June 22, 2003

Forcible Christian Converters Arrested In Bodi

July 22, 2003, 5:18 pm
Media Center, Chennai

Five women were arrested on charges of trying to convert forcibly in Ranganathapuram near Bodinayakanur in Theni Dist. They are Nagercoil Santhakumari (42), Jayaneedhi @ Radhika (18), Ariyalur Sofia (19), Tambaram Surya (63), Kirubai (58). The modus operandi of these is to go on door-to-door canvassing, distributing pictures and books on Christianity and gifts. They promised employment opportunities to those who got converted to Christianity. In addition, in order to make everybody read the pamphlets, they announced that an incentive of Rs.10,000/- will be given to those who write about the 'miracles' of Jesus.

On a police complaint, these 5 women were arrested on charges of trying to do conversion forcibly by offering monetary gifts, false promises of employment, etc.

Sri Mahendran, RSS Karyavah of Bodi Tk., Sri Ganesh Kumar, Tk. Saaririk Pramukh, and Sri S.Kanakaraj of Bodi say that awareness among the womenfolk in Bodi is so high that they objected to the canvassing of these 5 women, made a seige of them before loding a Police complaint.

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