Four Christians women were arrested on charges of fraudulent conversion and remained in jail for over a month, but the threats and harassment continue.
Rethinking Christian witness in a BJP-run nation. An article by Cynthia Stephen.
While the state of Karnataka passes an 'anti-conversion' law, evangelicals denounce the government “is empowering lynch mobs to target the next Christian they see”.
Attacks on evangelical home churches by Hindu extremists have increased lately with the connivance of the police and the media.
The regional government is due to approve a controversial anti-conversion law. “Christians have reasons to apprehend an outbreak of violence against them”, says the Evangelical Fellowship of India.
Police initially had no intention of taking action against the extremists. Attacks on Sunday worship have been reported every week from various places in the state.
The EFI has published its report on the persecution of Christians in the first six months of 2021. They have identified 145 incidents, including three murders.
Authorities told Christians they must renounce Christ to resolve the conflict.
Hard-line Hindus seek to revoke registration of Christian charities, as a well-strategized plan to show Christians in a bad light.
Church leader in southwest India loses hearing in one ear.
Vijayesh Lal, leader of the Evangelical Fellowship of India, says Christians are making a difference in times of Covid-19: “Local churches are providing relief to their neighbouring communities”.
A large mob brutally attacked a home and a church, accusing Christians of converting people and celebrating with loud music.
A call to global prayer. An article by Jacob Daniel.
Hindu extremists falsely accuse a pastor and four other Christians of eating cow beef.
A tribal mob, incited by Hindu extremists, killed the 16-year-old, falsely accusing him and other targeted Christians of practicing black magic.
“That pastor was killed, but you did not learn a lesson”, the gunmen said before shooting the daughter of a pastor who was killed in the same house.
The family has also been socially banished from this village and treated as untouchables.
The Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) publishes its annual report of violence against Christians. “Most of the incidents are related to physical violence, threats, harassment and the disruption of church services”.
“The sun would not go down without recording at least one case of attack on Christians from Uttar Pradesh on a typical Sunday”, a Christian rights activist says.
Hindu extremists attacked pastor, accusing him of being responsible for the growing number of people converting to Christianity.
Digital persecution is on the rise, the WWL 2020 shows. Asia Bibi’s release was one of the the good news.
In the Chhattisgarh state, villagers attacked the homes of three Christian families, leaving 25 people homeless. Death threats are followed by reconversion rituals.
“Modi’s government has closed its eyes when minorities have been attacked”, says the Evangelical Fellowship India.
The Hindu fundamentalism or Hindutva has important implications for India and global mission.
“If Prime Minister Modi wins again, the persecution of Christians in India will continue to grow”, says Vijayesh Lal, General Secretary of the Evangelical Fellowship of India. Voting will finish on May 19.
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