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India

RegionAsia
Sources of PersecutionReligious Nationalism
Population1,342,513,000
Christian Population63,970,000
ReligionsHinduism
GovernmentFederal Republic
LeaderPrime Minister Narendra Modi
Score73/100

India

India: Hindu Extremism On The Rise. 
India is a secular nation with freedom of religion, but Hindu radicals want to change this. Five of India’s 29 states have anti-conversion laws and radicals want these laws imposed nationally and for Hinduism to be the only religion.

Since the 1990s Hinduism has become more intolerant and violent. In 2014 the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won government. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi Hindu extremism has increased. In the first half of 2016 there were 134 violent incidents against Christians reported. Modi’s administration refuses to take action, resulting in an increased lack of justice and providing encouragement for radicals.

Corruption And Injustice. 
Forbidden to form a political party, Christians are unrepresented and oppressed. In areas where the BJP govern, the police often side with the Hindu radicals. When Christians try to register a complaint, police will often refuse to accept it. The police also have a reputation for brutality and assaulting Christians in custody. The level of fear and uncertainty among Christians in India is increasing.

Christian Untouchables. 
Nearly 80% of India’s Christians come from a Dalit (untouchable) and tribal background. This means that most Christians are subject to social, racial and religious discrimination. Converts to Christianity from a Hindu background are the most persecuted. They face pressure to return to Hinduism, are often attacked and even sometimes killed. Evangelical Christian communities are also targeted because of their involvement in outreach and conversion.

“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 for India’s Christians who are living with greater levels of fear and intimidation.

Pray for the protection of Hindu background believers who are forced to gather secretly in house churches.

Pray for Christians to be allowed a political voice and for peace between parties.