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.
In the early hours of 16 November, extremists set fire to a church building in Ahladpur village and burned it down.
Shibu Thomas asked delegates at Church in Chains’ annual conference to pray for the church in India, which he said is going through an unprecedented time of persecution.
Conference speaker Shibu Thomas has provided updates on the four pastors who featured in the recent Church in Chains Postcard Campaign.
Police in Uttar Pradesh have charged 271 members of a large Pentecostal church with “spreading lies about Hinduism and drugging people to try and convert them to Christianity”.
Hindu extremists continue to attack rural churches across India, torching buildings and beating Christians.
Hindu extremists have told Christian villagers in a rural district of Maharashtra state that they will close down one church every week.
Dependra Prakash Maleywar, a pastor in Uttar Pradesh, was filing affidavits on 18 June stating that 16 converts had become Christians of their own free will when a mob of Hindu extremists accused him of forcible conversion and had him arrested.