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.
Tamil Nadu pastor was summoned to the local police station where he and his mother were harassed by the officers in charge.
Police have been slow to respond to a vicious attack on a pastor in a village in Uttar Pradesh, northern India.
In late March, a Church in Chains delegation comprising Director David Turner, Advocacy Officer Pamela Coulter and Baiju George, an Indian pastor, made a presentation about the rise of persecution of Christians in India to TDs and Senators to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs.