Hostility rises in southern India as officials push for religious restrictions. If a proposed anti-conversion law passes, Karnataka will become the fourth state this year to make forced conversions illegal.
Voice of the Martyrs Canada partner Nitin Sardar says Hindu nationalism propagates anti-conversion laws. “It is for their convenience they made those laws so that they can target the minorities,” Sardar explains.
“When the persecution comes, it is very hard.”
According to International Christian Concern, persecution spiked in Karnataka after officials announced the proposed law. Approximately 6,000 Christians gathered last week to protest the legislation and increased attacks.
The power of media
Sardar says media outlets inside India fan the flames of unrest. Watch Sardar’s entire conversation with VOM Canada here.
“[The] media is bribed [and] controlled by, the government. [They publish a] one-side story every time. They [are] only bringing accusations; they only want [to publish a story when] bad practices are done in the church,” he explains.
“Media creates [an] understanding in people’s heart or mind that Christians are very bad people.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray God will move powerfully during Diwali and radically change the hearts of devout Hindus.
- Pray persecutors will come to Christ in Karnataka and beyond.
- Ask the Lord to help Christians withstand persecution.