Indian Pastor accused of blasphemy set free by Kuwaiti authorities
Kuwait: December 4, 2017. (PCP) An Indian Pastor who was falsely accused of a blasphemy whilst participating at an interfaith dialogue event in Pakistan, has been set free and has now returned to India. The family are said to be enjoying family time together after fearing the worst during a very traumatic event.
The account of Pastor Shibu's arrest only made an Indian Malayalam Newspaper despite the potential for a death sentence on him. However British Pakistani Christian Association have been thanked by the family for our twitter and facebook campaign, that resulted in extensive prayers for Pastor Shibu.
Pastor Shibu Mathew has said he is very grateful for all the people who prayed for him "I believe it was the almighty hand of God that set me free" he said.
Rev. Shibu Mathew was a participant at a faith debate at Christ Embassy Church in Mangaf (a suburb of Kuwait city), the event was put on by both Muslim and Christian groups in agreement. However, a few Muslims of Malayalam origins who were apparently unhappy with their inability to defend their own beliefs filed a complaint against their Indian compatriot with the Kuwaiti police.
One wonders why these individuals would attend such a group if they felt they would be offended by engaging in dialogue about religion. It is shame they have involved the police in their inter-personal conflict and hopefully it will not bring blight on Kuwait's reputation for religious tolerance towards its expat community.
Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association said: "This action by Muslims involved in a debate mutually agreed by proponents of two faiths, illustrates the murky depths some extremists will go to, in order to claim supremacy for their faith.
"The abject fear of debate and the attempts to thwart rational discussion by threats is not a new phenomenon but one that is prevalent in the Islamic world."
"Sadly for Pastor Shibu Mathew this has now put him before a court of law and Christians across the globe must act by praying and calling for his freedom, through their MP's.
"Kuwait is a signatory of the UN Human Rights convention and their law courts must uphold this international law and release Pastor Mathew or they will blemish their favourable reputation for protection of minorities within their midst."