India is a big, populous country, with over a billion inhabitants. In many parts of the country our Christian brothers and sisters are left in peace. Sadly in other areas they are increasingly suffering violence, abuse and persecution, mainly from supporters of the Hindutva movement whose aim is to make the country “pure” Hindu. These attacks are most frequent in the more northern states, but are spreading further and further south. In Jammu and Kashmir states the persecution increases as there, there are large Muslim populations who are goaded on by Muslim extremists.
Since the BJP party became the ruling government, things have continued to get more difficult as they support the more radical Hindu way.
Unfortunately the local authorities and the police seem to do very little when trouble occurs. In many cases where Christian churches, homes and businesses have been attacked and even destroyed, far from arresting the perpetrators they end up arresting the Christian victims who then find themselves either fined or even in prison.
Christian activities are also restricted by the “anti-conversion” laws which are being adopted by more and more states. These prohibit conversions by “force, fraud, or allurement”. Sadly the wording of these new laws is so open to different interpretation that they are often used to prevent legitimate Christian activity and evangelism.
In spite of all this harassment and often violent opposition, the Christian Church continues to grow, in some areas quite rapidly.