Indian Christians experienced practically the same number of attacks in the first half of the 2017 as they did in the whole year of 2016. That is as indicated by another report from persecution watchdog organization Open Doors. According to the report, there were 410 reported incidents targeting Indian Christians in the first six months of this year. Last year, there were 441 reported incidents total.
Eighty-four of those incidents were violent strikes. Of those 84 violent attacks, 32 would have been deadly if convenient medicinal aid had not been provided.
one partner told that the Indian government fails to punish attackers, which emboldens them to target Christians even more.
“When Christians are beaten up by extremists, they are injured mostly on their heads or vital body parts. There was one incident earlier this year when the victim was attacked by a sword to his head. He was bleeding profusely and was critically injured… Attackers do not care if the person dies. They know they will not be punished because the Government (and hence the judiciary) will take their side. In most cases attackers go unpunished,” the partner said.
While a few Christians may not be physically assaulted, they pay a heavy societal toll for following Christ.
As indicated by the report, numerous Christians end up noticeably social outcasts or are compelled to leave their homes for fear of their safety.
he biggest perpetrators of this persecution are Hindu extremists.
While the Indian government talks about religious flexibility and secularism, the government is controlled by a Hindu nationalist party called RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh).
Leaders are embracing Hinduism more and becoming less tolerant of other religions, particularly Christians.
One Christian leader said he was once a Hindu nationalist and persecuted Christians before he made the decision to follow Christ.
“Before I changed over to Christianity, I used to be a staunch Hindu. I likewise joined RSS around then and began working with them. The gathering maintains Hindutva belief system and trusts that if Christians in India aren’t controlled, they would change over every one of the Hindus in the nation and Hindutva would lose its personality,” he disclosed to Open Doors. “Thus RSS needs to do their best to prevent Christians from lecturing about their confidence. They would go to any extremes for that. I myself aggrieved numerous Christians until the point when I went to the Christian confidence and acknowledged what I had been doing.”
India’s Christians are fighting back by lobbying their government officials.
The National Council of Churches in India (NCCI), which represents to 14 million Protestant and Orthodox Christians, recently wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in hopes he would condemn the persecution.
No such actions have been made by the Indian government since that letter was written.