Two more Christian women have been arrested in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on false charges of forced conversion of children and could face up to seven years in prison. According to the Asia-based Catholic news website, Anita Joseph and Amrit Kumar were arrested last Tuesday in the Madhya Pradesh state, which has been governed by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party for the last 14 years.

The women were charged with violating a state law barring religious conversions done through force, allurement, appeasement or fraud. The women were arrested after the Hindu activist group Hindu Jagran Manch complained to police about children being taken to Mumbai by train. The activist organization reportedly accused the women of trying to take the kids to be forcibly converted. Along with being charged with violating the state’s anti-conversion law, the women were also charged with kidnapping. READ MORE