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Bengaluru VHP member files complaint against two US evangelists for religious conversions

Bengaluru: A VHP activist has filed a complaint against two evangelists from the US, accusing them of indulging in religious conversion activities in India and violating visa norms. Girish Bharadwaj filed the complaint with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office here against Patricia King of XP Ministries and Donna Schambach of Schambach Foundation, both of whom are currently on a visit to the city.

They are slated to attend a religious campaign named 'Power and Reality of the Kingdom' organised by a local church on 8 April as chief guests. Bharadwaj, in his complaint, also alleged that both the foreigners were frequently visiting India only with the purpose of religious conversions.

"As per rules, foreigners, with any type of visa, are not allowed to preach and propagate their religion in India. And government of India shall not issue visas to evangelists who desire to come to India to attend religious campaigns," he said.

He alleged that in this case, the foreigners have applied for Indian visa only to attend the religious campaigns and that they had clearly mislead the Indian Consulate in the US.

An advertisement poster of the event containing photos of evangelists, time and venue of the event has also been enclosed with the complaint, he said.

As per the advertisement that mentions Rs 100 per person as registration fees, the event will be held on 8-9 April.

Updated Date: Apr 08, 2017 11:19 AM

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