Indian churches in Bahrain
face eviction notice
Nov 27: A group of Indian churches in Bahrain are facing eviction
unless they prove their legal status, with 10 churches being
given two weeks time to furnish documents stating they have
been given permission to operate.
Municipal Councillor Abdulmajeed Al Sebea'a claimed at least
seven churches in Segaiya don't have a licence from the Manama
Municipality, the Social Development Ministry or the Justice
and Islamic Affairs Ministry.
Ambassador to Bahrain Balkrishna Shetty has called a meeting
of the churches to study the issue in detail, Gulf Daily News
said he wanted to know whether the main issue relates to parking
problems that the churches are causing, or if it was simply
that they are not registered.
have to study the issue in detail before taking it up with
the authorities concerned. We are grateful to the government,
which has given the freedom of worship to all religions in
this country," he was quoted as saying by the paper.
a letter to the Indian Ambassador, representatives of six
churches requested him to take up the issue on an urgent basis.
of the churches have applied for registration that would legalise
their existence, but are still waiting for a response, said
Sharon Fellowship Church president Pastor P C Varghese.
the Sharon Fellowship Church, the letter is signed by representatives
of the Church of Philadelphia, Church of South India (CSI),
IPC Immanuel, St Paul's Mar Thoma Church and the Church of
of the 10 churches, half of them are understood to have registered
with the Social Development Ministry.