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IndiaFacts impact: WELS takes down its blog after our expose

On 31 December 2014, the IndiaFacts team exposed the rape of a minor girl by a Parish in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)-funded orphanage near Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. Our expose focused on the various activities of WELS within India including details of its ownership, FCRA funds it has sent to India, the orphanages it has established, and how it touted its achievement of spreading the word of God in this country.

The IndiaFacts team then followed up the story and found that on 5 January 2015, a blog post titled Indian Orphanage Update published in June 2013 was removed following our expose. This blog post contained details of the St. Mark’s Children Home, where the minor girl was raped by the said pastor.

We had anticipated this and had taken a screenshot of the original blog post, which we again reproduce below.