There has been an abrupt rise in the persecution of India’s Christians in the last few years. Over 450 incidents were reported in 2018 including physical violence, attacks on churches, Bibles burned, nuns raped and priests murdered.
Christians fear for their future after the Prime Minister Narenda Modi of the nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a second term in office earlier this year. A source close to the Church who cannot be named – fearing reprisals for speaking out – said: “The five years with Narenda Modi in power have been extremely difficult for us – we are fearful that the next five years will be worse.”
The tension and acts of aggression in India against Christian communities are escalating as we see an increase in intolerance and violence. Last year, about 20,000 Christians took part in a peaceful protest after a pastor from south-east India was hanged and killed after his previous complaints to the police were ignored. Christians in the country are appealing for our prayers, as they feel that their voice is not heard.