Following the brutal house church attack in Jharkhand state on 12 November, it has emerged that Pastor Basant Kumar Paul and seven members of his family are facing police charges.
A pastor and his wife and son were badly injured when Hindu extremists attacked a prayer meeting at their house church on 12 November.
Police took no action after Pastor Shelton Viswanathan was beaten by Hindu extremists.
However, he maintained that the minorities had been living in “imaginary fear”.
Mr Sandeep Kumar, the newly-appointed Ambassador of India, has said that the Indian Embassy in Dublin wishes to engage in dialogue with Church in Chains.
Naxalite Maoist guerrillas shot father-of-five Munglu Ram Nureti dead on 12 February, a day after they murdered another convert in neighbouring Odisha state.
Three attackers dragged Anant Ram Gand out of his house, beheaded him and dumped his body on 11 February.
The ongoing persecution of Christians in India continues to be documented by Church in Chains partner, Persecution Relief, which reported three incidents that occurred on Sunday 3 February.
Seventeen members of the Oireachtas have signed a petition to the Indian Ambassador requesting the Indian government to act to protect Christians who continue to face ongoing attacks from Hindu extremists.
At least 18 incidents against Christians in India were reported over Christmas: seven members of New Life Church in Maharashtra state had to spend Christmas in intensive care following a Hindu attack.