While India’s Authorities Focus on Coronavirus Plague, Hindu Extremists Increase Persecution of Christians

Image displays a Hindu temple and shrine in Malaysia. The large golden statue depicts Kartikeya, the Hindu god of war and victory. (Header photo courtesy of David McKelvey via Flickr)

There’s an adage as old as time: “While the cat’s away, the mice will play.” It implies group laziness or misbehavior when an authority figure is not present.

A similar scenario is taking place in India right now. While police focus on COVID-19 restrictions, Christian Post reports, Hindu extremists are launching more attacks on Christians. The first half of 2020 saw 135 cases, but experts say the real number is probably much higher.

“Persecution has become a reality in most of rural and semi-rural India. But, this pandemic and the lockdown [allow] them to unleash terror because the people can’t get help from any agency,” David Dayalan says.

It’s part of a disturbing pattern. Persecution was already rising before anyone had heard of COVID-19. Earlier this year, Open Doors USA placed India at #10 on its World Watch List – a ranking of countries where Christians face the most difficulties.

“We do expect this trend to continue in keeping [with] the larger picture of what India is heading towards – Hindu Rashtra,” Dayalan says.

“There will be a lot more persecution the days ahead.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for Christians in rural India. These believers face extremely difficult circumstances; some have been banned from their villages simply because they are Christians.
  • Ask God to strengthen and encourage persecuted believers.
  • Pray for unity across individual churches and denominations.
  • Pray for wisdom and discernment as church leaders adapt their ministry from traditional church meetings to home-based or online fellowship.