India Blames Religious Minorities for Coronavirus Spread

Indian believers receive much-needed emergency aid due to the COVID-19 lockdown. (Photo, caption courtesy of Open Doors USA)

COVID-19 is fanning the flames of persecution in India. People blame Muslims for purposely spreading the coronavirus. Find more COVID-19 coverage here.

David Curry of Open Doors USA says this “blame game” is part of a wider trend in India.

“Prime Minister Modi is part of the political party that’s putting the ‘Hindu first’ agenda forward and emboldening radicals to blame religious minorities. Right now, you see them attacking Muslims, blaming them for the coronavirus outbreak; you also have some groups blaming Christians,” Curry says.

“People are using religious minorities as scapegoats or they’re targeting them, or they’re withholding aid.”

COVID-19 doubles believers’ difficulties

As previously noted, India’s Prime Minister put the world’s second-most populated country under lockdown in March to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Churches haven’t been able to meet since then, so pastors don’t have the financial support that normally comes through tithing. More details here.

Furthermore, as reported here, some states won’t let Christians receive government food rations. “Christians in India largely come from the lowest caste, the Dalit. That means that they’re deeply affected by these sort of lockdowns because they’re living hand-to-mouth,” Curry explains.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray that God will protect His people in India.
  • Ask God to provide for His people who are starving and in need of financial help.
  • Pray Christians will be able to be salt and light, even in a very hard time and in places where they are persecuted.
  • Pray believers will have opportunities to pray and read the Bible without being harassed or abused.