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India

RegionAsia
Sources of PersecutionReligious Nationalism
Population1,354,052,000
Christian Population65,061,000
ReligionsHinduism
GovernmentFederal Republic
LeaderPrime Minister Narendra Modi
Score83/100

India

The leader of a radical Hindu group in India has declared that by the end of 2021, he’ll rid India of Christianity. Churches are regularly monitored and disrupted. Police officers rarely intervene when Christians are persecuted.

Some groups are working towards Hindutva, a process to make Indian rule exclusively Hindu. Officially, India has freedom of religion. But the anti-conversion law makes it illegal to convert to Christianity in seven states. Those who do convert from Hinduism are often attacked, or even killed. They are constantly under pressure to return to Hinduism and are likely to be rejected from their family.

Sharing the gospel is dangerous. It is almost impossible to build or renovate a church and meeting together for worship is not safe. Missionary visas haven’t been issued since the late 1960s. However, God is strengthening His Church and many believers want to share Christ.

Story

“Don’t be afraid when persecution comes to you. It’s part of the Christian life. It’s a privilege to be persecuted.” – Bahia* from India.

When Bahia (22) and her mother came to faith, their community became aggressive. Bahia and other Christians refused to deny Jesus, and were violently thrown out of the village. Bahia went to Bible school to strengthen her faith so that one day she can return to her village with the gospel.

Our Work

Through local partners, we strengthen the church and provide emergency relief to persecuted believers. We also deliver Bibles, train in job skills and help adults learn to read and write.

Pray for India

“Keep praying for us, we need more strength. We know we are being monitored and our lives are constantly under threat. But we want to continue with our ministry...” – Pastor’s wife from India.

Pray for families of pastors to stay Christ-centred and stand firm in persecution.

Pray for Christians who are sharing the gospel in areas where conversion is illegal.

News

India | 18 Attacks Over The Christmas Season

As the new year begins, we look back to see what Christmas was like for the persecuted church. For many believers, this Christmas was a time of incre...
3 January 2019

India | Persecuted For Over 30 Years

Persecution in India has been rising in recent years. For Ravi*, persecution for his faith in Jesus has been a part of his life for over 30 years in...
18 October 2018
Image: Pastor Sujit* at a training seminar run by Open Doors' local partners.

India | Pastor Faces Extreme Persecution, But Still Remains

In a village in India Pastor Sujit* led 60 people to Christ. But when he started building a church for them, opposition came.Hindu extremists (RSS),...
5 September 2018
Image: Attack at Telangana Sheloha Prayer House in Hyderabad.

India | Holy Week Attacks

In India, where persecution is increasing, there were a spate of attacks throughout Holy Week.Easter is often a tense time for Christians living in c...
8 June 2018
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