Jehovah's Witnesses may have gone too far by claiming in the official Watchtower magazine that former Witnesses who leave the sect are "mentally diseased". Police in the UK have launched an inquiry as the sect may have breached religious hatred laws.
Jehovah’s Witnesses who leave the sect are also considered apostates to be avoided by Church members. The Watchtower web site advises that Witnesses should disassociate themselves from those who leave, saying
“shunning would be appropriate, too, for anyone who rejects the congregation.”
Excommunicated apostates of the sect are now waiting to hear the results of the police inquiry.