A new report confirms escalating persecution in India. According to the Alliance Defending Freedom, believers have endured 218 acts of “religiously-motivated” violence this year. There have been more than 1,000 attacks since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014.
“Things are getting much more difficult for Christians in India,” says John Pudaite of Bibles For The World. “We’ve seen an increase of reportedly 400% in acts of violence and other incidents against Christians… year over year.”
While Hindu extremists are behind most of India’s persecution, Pudaite says the government is applying pressure, too.
“There’s a preparation of a nationwide anti-conversion bill that this government is rushing to get put before the Parliament. We’re expecting this could happen in the next three to six, perhaps nine months.”
Anti-conversion or anti-Christian?
Several states in India have their own anti-conversion laws. However, Pudaite’s contacts expect the national law will be more restrictive than those currently in place. More about that here.
“The Indian government, as I understand, has about 200 people working on these types of measures… they’ve got a team of lawyers drafting this and they want it to be ‘watertight’,” Pudaite explains.
“They talk about it as ‘anti-conversion’ but it’s really directed against Christians – not against some of the other religions that are existing in India.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth