The All India Christian Council (AICC) recorded an increase of almost 20 per cent in attacks against Christians in 2016 alone. It says physical violence against Christians is up 40 per cent and murders have doubled.
In the report titled ‘Atrocities on Christians in India’ it stated there is an attack every 40 hours and is no longer confined to a few states as the violence has now spread to 23 states.
Incidents of church workers being beaten, threatened and killed as well as churches and Christian schools being bombed, torched, vandalised and demolished are all included in the report. It also says there have been attempts to force Christians to renounce their faith and convert to Hinduism.
Right-wing Hindu nationalism has been gaining ground, particularly since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took power in 2014.
India’s caste system today goes beyond Hinduism as it exists in many of the country’s religions. Dalit Hindus who convert to Christianity are called Dalit Christians in Indian society are classed as untouchables, are often oppressed and fall outside the Indian caste system.
Sources: International Christian Concern, Premier
- Pray the Lord will equip His children in India with courage, to continue to serve Him even though they experience great opposition.
- Pray the church will exemplify the love of God through consistent love and prayer for those who persecute them (Matthew 5:43-48).
- Pray for those who currently oppose the Gospel in India, may the witness of the church be used by the Lord to open hearts and minds to the truth and the power of the Gospel.