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India

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Converting to Christianity could have you arrested or attacked.

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“They would call my name and take me to a separate room where they interrogated me roughly.”

– Gaurav*, a believer from India

Country
Profile

Region
Asia
Sources of persecution
Religious Nationalism
Population
1,397,423,000
Christian population
68,863,000
Religions
Hinduism
Leader
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Score
82
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What Does Persecution Look Like?

Persecution in India is getting worse. Hindu extremists aim to rid the country of Christians entirely. The driving force behind this is an ideology known as ‘Hindutva,’ which suggests Christians are not true Indians and should be removed.

This ideology has led to systematic and violent attacks that Hindu extremists often post on social media to promote their cause. Following Jesus in India is extremely difficult and dangerous.

Who Is Most Vulnerable To Persecution?

The regions where there is most persecution are in the states where the BJP, a Hindu nationalist party, is a major factor in the state government. Elections are held every five years, meaning Christians in these areas suffer for a long time before there is any change.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also offered a new weapon to persecutors. In some areas, Christians have been deliberately overlooked in the local distribution of government aid. Others have even been accused of spreading the virus.

PRAY FOR INDIA

– Praise God that many people are coming to know Jesus after being healed of sickness in India.

– Pray that social media companies will do more to combat the spread of disinformation and hatred.

– Pray for continued protection and strength for our local partners as they serve the church in India.

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