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Pastor in Bangalore arrested for forced conversion

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Pastor arrested for ‘conversion bid’

BANGALORE: Mahadevapura police on Thursday arrested a 31-year-old trainee pastor for allegedly trying to convert 23 children, including 14 girls, during a summer camp here.

Victor Babu alias Victor, a native of Dharmavaram in Andhra Pradesh,was held following a complaint filed by a few parents. Police recovered prayer books, pamphlets and other material from him and registered a case under Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code.

Police said Victor was imparting religious lessons to the 23 children in the Hebron prayer hall in Kundalahalli near Whitefield. According to complainants, Victor told them he would run a month-long free summer camp for their children. The camp opened three days ago. A mini-bus (KA 03 D 8949) would pick up children from Mahadevapura, Kundalahalli and surrounding areas every day.

Victor said: “I taught them prayers and songs but that doesn’t mean I was converting them.” Parents claimed Victor offered education and other basic facilities to children if they (parents) accepted his conditions. But Victor didn’t elaborate what his conditions were, they added.

Section 295A Pertains to deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs and suggests imprisonment for three years, or fine, or both.

Persecuted Bangalore pastor exploits widow sexually, films and sells her sex videos: Christian love

A pastor, a widow and seedy designs

Widow charges him with exploiting her sexually, recording the act on hidden cameras and selling it to foreigners By Hemanth Kashyap and M K Ashoka Posted On Saturday, September 20, 2008

The `sex scam’ that rocked the city on Thursday has taken an intriguing twist with the victim charging the pastor with secretly filming her sexual acts and selling the tapes to foreigners.

The widow, 40, in a complaint to the Jnanabharati police, has alleged that pastor Babu Prasad of Mizpha Church, located in Rajajingar’s Gopalpur area, sexually exploited her on the promise of marrying her.

The woman, who attempted suicide twice on learning about the `porn CDs’, narrated her travails to Bangalore Mirror: “I lost my husband in an accident 23 years ago and I am a mother of a college-going son. I continued my husband’s business and was leading a decent life till I was taken to the Mizpha church by a friend.”

She was introduced to Pastor Prasad. Subsequently, she took a liking for his motivational talks. Prasad allegedly knew she was emotionally weak. “Prasad’s wife and relatives started visiting my house and persuaded me to embrace their faith. Prasad also used my house for conducting prayers. On April 1, asked me to return home from my factory. On my return, he exploited me sexually and got the whole act recorded.”

She claimed Prasad took her to a hotel on St Mark’s Road on May 4 and introduced her to two Americans. “He gave them the CD and asked me to spend a night with them. I refused and managed to escape with the CD. When I played it at home, I realised how I was deceived,” she said.

“When I questioned him, he said there was nothing wrong in making porn videos and selling it to foreigners,” she said and charged Prasad with taking away her ornaments and using her to obtain a Rs 12 lakh loan.

Meanwhile, Prasad lodged a complaint with the Vijayanagar police accusing her of drugging him before forcing him to have sex with her. Bangalore Mirror tried to contact him on his cellphone, but in vain.

The police said the pastor is absconding. They, however, admit the case is a sensitive one.


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