India deals another blow to religious freedom as four states consider anti-conversion laws. More about that here. Police often use anti-conversion rules to persecute Christians and other religious minorities, putting these groups at risk.
“[Another] state that has one in process is Maharashtra – a well-known state because of Mumbai, the economic and financial capital of India,” John Pudaite of Bibles For The World says.
If state authorities pass the new legislation into law, “close to two-thirds of India’s 1.3 billion people would now be under some anti-conversion law,” Pudaite adds.
Why anti-conversion laws matter
India is one of the world’s most challenging places to follow Christ, according to persecution watchdog groups like Voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors.
Hindu radicals regularly persecute religious minorities. Plus, India’s constitution allows for religious freedom, but authorities target Christian outreach using anti-conversion laws as a pretense.
It puts Bibles For The World partners in a precarious situation. “We’re in touch with [our partners], urging them to continue their outreach but be careful, be cautious,” Pudaite says.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- For believers in states with current or potential anti-conversion laws, pray for wisdom and discernment.
- Ask the Lord to protect believers in Uttar Pradesh, where police use a new anti-conversion law to arrest religious minorities.