Activist Anshul Saxena who raised questions regarding Pastor Bajinder Singh’s ‘miracle cure’ claims is being harassed by the Christian conversion mafia. Social media (SM) users came out in support of Saxena who became the target of Bajinder Singh and his conversion mafia because the former had flagged the issue of a minor being used by Singh for conversion propaganda.
Pastor targets activist
Saxena has also issued a statement through his Twitter account in relation to the case related to the evangelical Pastor Bajinder Singh while thanking SM users for supporting him by trending #ISupportAnshulSaxena.
In his statement, Saxena has given a timeline of the entire sequence of events including a counter FIR being filed against the activist on the minor’s behalf probably at Pastor Singh’s insistence. In the video released by the missionary, the mother insists that they were under no pressure to release the video statement and reiterates the claim that her daughter was ‘cured’ by Pastor Singh.
The said the video shows the minor boy, his sister & mother where the mother asks her daughter to repeat some words after her and the latter obliges. The mother also claims that pastor Bajinder Singh performed a miracle & her daughter started to speak. She demanded strict action against Saxena for insulting her & Pastor Bajinder Singh.
In his statement, the activist also pointed out that he had earlier launched a complaint with DD Punjabi for telecasting Pastor Bajinder Singh’s show titled “Asis Pavitar Rooh Di”. Saxena says “I called DD Punjabi & complained about it. On 1 November 2019, I had also uploaded the call recording on social media which led to public outrage and cancellation of the show”.
NCPCR seeks action against Pastor
Earlier child rights body NCPCR stepped in to demand action against ‘Mera Yeshu Yeshu’ video Pastor Bajinder Singh for using a child in his conversion propaganda video.
In this regard, a report by OpIndia notes:
In a letter to Chandigarh DC, Dharmendra Bhandari, the Principal Secretary to the Chairperson of NCPCR, has said that the child rights body has come across a video posted on Twitter that showed the pastor Bajinder Singh using a minor boy for unusual superstition activity. The commission noted that the minor boy was seen crying in the video, and the body language of both the prophet and the child seemed unusual.
On examining the said complaint, the NCPCR noted that it has come to the commission’s notice that several such videos are available on social media in the name of Prophet Bajinder Singh Ministries, The Church of Glory Wisdom, Chandigarh.
The NCPCR noted that prima facie it appeared that such videos promoted superstition and used children for such purposes, thus violating the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.
Therefore, the Commission has taken cognizance of the above under section 13 (1) (j) of the CPCR Act, 2005 and directed the Deputy Commissioner to inquire into the matter and furnish an Action Taken Report within the next seven days.
Pastor Bajinder Singh accused of rape
In 2018, the pastor was accused of rape by a Zirakpur woman who used to run a Dhaba and became a part of Singh’s group of volunteers after coming in touch with him in 2017. The pastor was arrested at Delhi airport even as he was trying to escape to England.
Hindustan Times reported on the matter:
Accused Bajinder Singh, 36, president of The Church of Glory and Wisdom, Chandigarh, and known among his followers as Prophet Bajinder Singh Ministry, was arrested at the Delhi airport when he was about to board a flight to London where he was scheduled to attend a healing event on July 21…
…The victim, a resident of Zirakpur who runs a ‘dhaba’ (roadside eatery) there, told police that Bajinder came in contact with her in 2017 and lured her on the pretext of taking her board.
The victim alleged Bajinder raped her at his house in Sector 63, Chandigarh, and even recorded a video of the sexual assault. She said the accused threatened to post the video on social media if she complained or did not agree to his demands.
The extent of rampant Christian conversion activites in Punjab is also highlighted by the fact that Bajinder converted to Christianity in jail while serving a term for murder. ‘During his stay in the jail, he came in contact with a pastor and got inclined towards Christianity. He used to read Bible daily and got converted:, Hindustan Times quotes police officials privy to the investigations as saying.
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