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Police in India’s capital of New Delhi have arrested hundreds of Christians demonstrating against a recent string of attacks on churches.

Christians claim that five churches in New Delhi have been attacked over the past two months as religious intolerance continues to grow.

Hundreds of Christians gathered outside the Sacred Heart Cathedral, near the Indian parliament on Thursday 5 February, to demand greater protection for Christians and their places of worship. Demonstrators also planned to march to the residence of the Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Police barricaded the roads leading to the Home Minister’s residence in an effort to prevent the protest. Police also imposed an emergency law which prohibits unlawful assemblies.

Mukesh Kumar Meena, a senior officer at the police station where the demonstrators were being held, told the Wall Street Journal that 350 people were detained outside the Sacred Heart Cathedral on suspicion of unlawful assembly.

Church attacks in New Delhi have been on the rise over the past two months. Five churches have been attacked since St Sebastian’s Church in East Delhi was burned on 1 December.

Since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party took over India’s national government in May 2014, attacks on Christians and their places of worship have escalated dramatically.

Source: International Christian Concern

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the swift release of the Christians arrested during the demonstration.
  • Pray that Christians in India will continue to make a stand for the Gospel and proclaim it boldly.
  • Pray for the Christians affected that they will exemplify the love of God through consistent love and prayer for those who persecute them (Matthew 5:43-48).