Kidnapped, Forcibly Converted & Married Pakistani Girl to Return to Parents

By Abdulla Gaafarelkhalifa

On December 22, 2021, 14-year-old Arzoo Fatima, a girl who was kidnapped and forcibly married to a 44-year-old Muslim man, has agreed to return to her parents after being away from them for over a year. The agreement carries the condition that she is allowed to continue to practice Islam while being raised by her Catholic parents.

"Untouchable" Cook Fired After Upper-Caste Children Refuse to Eat Food

By Abdulla Gaafarelkhalifa 

Sunita Devi, a Dalit woman who was hired to be a school cook in Sukhidhang government inter college (Secondary school), was fired after students refused to eat her food. Devi supposedly had no issues on her first day. The day after, however, 44 out of the 60 students, with support from their parents, refused to eat the school food and began bringing food from home.

Devi was hired in early December. The temporary position only paid Rs. 3000 ($40.23 USD) a month. 

Tenth Indian State Passes Authoritarian Anti-Conversion Bill

By Abdulla Gaafarelkhalifa

On December 23, 2021, during the winter assembly of the legislative body of the state of Karnataka, India, the controversial Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill 2021 was successfully passed. The bill explains that “No person shall convert or attempt to convert either directly or otherwise any other person from one religion to another by use of misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement or by any fraudulent means or by marriage, nor shall any person abet or conspire for conversions”.

Rising Violence: Indian Priest Chased with Machete, Christian Books Set...

By Abdulla Gaafarelkhalifa

Anti-Christian violence is on the rise in India, much of which occurred in Karnataka. Especially on the eve of the winter session of the assembly in Belagavi, Southern India. Basavaraj Bommai, Chief Minister of Karnataka, hinted at the possibility of banning religious conversion altogether.