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India

RegionAsia
Sources of PersecutionReligious Nationalism
Population1,342,513,000
Christian Population63,970,000
ReligionsHindu
GovernmentFederal Republic
LeaderPrime Minister Narendra Modi
Score81/100

India

India: Evangelism Is A Crime.
In India, there are anti-conversion laws in six states. Life is extremely hard for those who leave Hinduism to follow Christ. If they refuse to return to Hinduism, they’re often physically assaulted, hospitalised and even killed. The homes of evangelists are raided and anything found to do with Christianity is destroyed.

Targeted And Unsafe.
Local intelligence monitors all church activity – even secret meetings aren’t safe. Laws make it very difficult to build or even renovate a church. Pastors are often attacked as their persecutors try to make an example out of them. The country hasn’t issued missionary visas since the 1960s. 

Christians aren’t allowed to adopt. Any children they do have are forced to practice Hindu rituals at school and are indoctrinated. A Christian cannot even bury a family member without being targeted by Hindu extremists. Violence against Christians is only expected to increase in the years to come.

Through our local partners, your support is providing persecuted Christians in India with:

  • Bibles and Sunday school materials, as well as training for church leaders.

  • Community development, literacy program and job training.

  • Emergency relief aid for persecuted Christians.

  • Advocacy and legal support.


“Since the day I came to faith, no Christian from anywhere has ever visited us. This is the first time someone has come and comforted us. Thank you so much for comforting us.” – Sukura, who was visited by Open Doors representatives after his mother was killed by extremists

Pray for India

Pray Christians can love their enemies.

Pray for Christian children persecuted by their families. Pray that they will be bold in sharing the gospel.

Pray for God's blessings on the church, that they continue to lead people to Christ even in states with anti-conversion laws.

News

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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