As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads around the globe, some of the countries from which Church in Chains reports regularly have been very badly hit.
Violence against Christians in India hit a new level in March with a large number of hate crimes across the country including cases of police brutality.
Hindu extremists in Karnataka state beat children attending a house church meeting and accused the adults of carrying out conversions.
A report published by Persecution Relief shows that the number of hate crimes against Christians in India rose again in 2019, to a new annual high of 527 reported incidents.
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.