US Senator: ‘Stop persecuting Christian paedophile’

US Senator: ‘Stop persecuting Christian paedophile’ October 29, 2019
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EVANGELIST Dr Faiz Rehman, above, is currently in jail, awaiting trial in India for alleged sexual crimes against young children. But Iowa Republican senator Charles (Chuck) Ernest Grassley, inset, is alleging that Rehman is the victim of persecution because he’s a Christian.

Faiz Rehman, who ran the Good News India Dream Centre shelter in Dhenkanal district, was arrested in December last year over allegations by inmates that he physically and sexually tortured them. The centre housed 87 children aged between five and 16. An official described the place as “a house of horror.”

Young girls in the shelter home alleged that Rehman hugged, kissed and made them hold his sexual organs and whenever they raised any objection, he threatened them to throw out from the shelter.

Grassley, now serving as Resident pro tempore of the US Senate and representing Iowa, is upset over Rehman’s detention, and it’s just been revealed that wrote to the Indian ambassador to the US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, in Auhust to say that the Muslim-turned-Christian being unjustly “persecuted” because he’s a “practising Christian.”

A case was lodged against Rehman and two others under sections 354-A, 341, 323, 294, 506 read with section 34 of the Indian Penal Code and section 10 of the Pocso Act.

After the alleged abuse was revealed, the authorities shut down all 25 shelters run by Rehman in Odisha and transferred the inmates to their respective homes or orphanages.

A sign outside one of Rehman’s Dream Centres

Rehman, who studied theology in the United States, has had his his bail applications turned down by Orissa High Court twice – in February and August – this year.

Grassley, 86, said in his letter to the ambassador:

I have been contacted by several Iowans about the case of Dr Rehman expressing their concern that he is being unjustly persecuted because of his religion as a practising Christian.  Since his arrest, Dr Rehman has been denied bail and has had his trial delayed on numerous occasions.

I ask that your government look into Dr Rehman’s case that it be given every consideration under applicable Indian law and that it be resolved as speedily as possible.

Dhenkanal’s superintendent of police Anupama James said she would not be able to comment on the case as it was now subjudice.

Police officials, who investigated the sexual harassment case against Rehman, said the Kolkata-born pastor was baptised while he was at the Assembly of God Church School before migrating to the US.

He received a master’s degree in Christian education from Golden Gate Theological Seminary in California. He then returned to Kolkata and worked as an evangelist.

After returning to India, he formed an organisation called Happy and Holy Home Society in Salagadia, Nayagram in West Bengal’s West Medinipur district.

He then opened 25 childcare hostels in Odisha called Good News India Dream Centres. The childcare home in Dhenkanal for which he was arrested, was started in 2012.

His Good News India NGO has a board of directors in the US and is endorsed with the Northern California-Nevada District Council of the Assemblies of God.

Police officials, as well as officials of child welfare committee who investigated the case, said that the allegations against Rehman were severe.

Pratap Kumar Acharya, Chair of the Child Welfare Committee who lodged a First Information Report (FIR) last December said the childcare hostel was totally unfit for the minor inmates.

The food that they were being given was sub-standard. At least seven of the girl inmates gave me in writing that Rehman was touching their private parts and often kissed them much to their discomfiture.

They were beaten with shoes whenever they protested. As the children came from poor backgrounds, they kept silent. It was a house of horror.

Retired deputy superintendent of police Subash Sahoo, who investigated and submitted the charge sheet in the case, said Rehman had not observed any rules and regulations and illegally ran the Centre since 2012.

Officials said Rehman’s bail application was first rejected in February and again in August this year on the ground that he was an influential person and if released on bail there was every possibility of him tampering with the evidence, particularly as the victims are from poor families.

Good News India’s website says:

Dr. Rahman comes as a Pastor/Teacher with a heart for Revival and Renewal among the people of God. He brings together a rich blend of Academic accomplishments and practical ministry to speak a relevant word to our generation. His heart continually beats in a great commitment to the Great Commandments and the Great Commission.

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  • Erp

    Judging from the info given he is probably in his 60s. I would be open to considering deliberately false allegations if the accusing organization had been religious based, but, it seems very much child welfare oriented irregardless of religion. A major concern is that justice is slow in India but that is a problem common to most defendants in India. There are some legal details at

    Another statement from the Good News India website “The GNI difference is that most other child care ministries provide one meal and only 4 hours of contact with the child…. Nights/holidays/weekends, the child is back in paganism” and then emphasizes that they are 24 hour/365days. So is their main mission saving girls from indentured servitude or turning them into Christians (of the right denomination)?

  • Jim Jones

    “Nothing discloses real character like the use of power. It is easy for the weak to be gentle. Most people can bear adversity. But if you wish to know what a man really is, give him power. This is the supreme test. It is the glory of Lincoln that, having almost absolute power, he never abused it, except on the side of mercy.”

    — Robert G. Ingersoll, about Abraham Lincoln

    (And to really test him, give him power over women or children).

  • Brian Shanahan

    Just shows the warped morality of the traitor party; denigrate a patriot while protecting a child molester.

  • Baby-rapers should be persecuted (and prosecuted), regardless of religion.

  • Jennny

    Compassion was thrown out of India by the government, which, admittedly would like a hindu theocracy. They said though Compassion ran many humanitarian projects, it’s real aim was x-tian proselytising. I suggest, this has been true for centuries in x-tian foreign missions. They were welcomed because they set up schools, universities, hospitals, orphanages, agricultural or water projects etc etc in poor places where there were none and they could play down, hide, or lie about their real purpose of x-tian evangelism.

  • Kit Hadley-Day

    But, but rules are for people who are not christian, making a christian follow rules is persecution.

  • Broga

    The Christians have power in Texas, I assume, or at least much influence. If so, and I don’t live in the USA so I don’t know, their power has not led to kindness to the weak. A programme on the BBC revealed, by the presenter who went there, that there were 50,000 homeless people in Los Angeles. They were living in cars, vans, tunnels and with no hope. Their more fortunate compatriots did not want them there and a problem was the amount of human faeces in the streets. Many had lost their homes in the face of property speculators who threw them out to develop up- market flats.

    The USA we were told is very reluctant to spend public money on welfare. Doesn’t Los Angeles mean “City of the Angels?.” And isn’t the USA by far the most Christian country in the West. Was it Jesus who is supposed to have said, “By their fruits ye shall know them?” Here is the quote:

    “”Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits,” (Matthew 7:15-20).

  • Jim Jones

    Ezekiel 16:49

  • Raymond Metcalfe

    Once again a Christian pastor as been caught and the wheel of the law start to turn perhaps not smoothly or very fast but they turn and guess what someone screams the great battle cry not feed the poor or help the homeless but persecution. How do you persecute a Christian? well one way is to throw him in jail pull his fingernails out and beat him because of what he believes. The other way is to say no you cant do that stop and let the wheels of justice turn

  • Bubblecar

    All these religious critters are sick in the head, which makes our mission, as atheists, somewhat poignant.

    On the one hand, we have to do what we can to rid the world of the evil of religion. This involves fearlessly challenging all the powerful pedlars of this rubbish.

    On the other hand, it soon becomes clear that we are dealing with completely deranged people, when we’re not simply dealing with cynical conmen.

    So it’s a matter of persuading the rest of humanity that these people are as unhinged and dangerous as they seem. Sadly, and astonishingly, this is an uphill battle, despite all the evidence provided by the “believers” themselves.

    Nonetheless, we’re winning the war. The number of people taken in by these creeps reduces by the day. So hang in there and keep fighting the good fight – we’ll get there sooner than you think.