An annual report on persecution of Christians in India reveals an alarming increase in the singling out.
According to this report, intolerance against Christians in India soared to a heightened level in 2014. As per this report, approximately 7,000 Christians experienced aggression and persecution from non-Christians in 2014. The Christian Persecution Report for 2014 showed alarming data for persecution against Christians in India. Apart from targeting approximately 300 Christian clergymen and church leaders, there were five deaths reported, as a direct result of religion based violence. Those killed included an 11-year-old child.
The Catholic Secular Forum based in Mumbai publishes this report annually on Christian Persecution. Moreover, the report also emphasized gloomy fact about the persecution in Central India’s Chhattisgarh State, where the practising of non-Hindu religions, including Christianity, is outlawed. Twelve Christian villages in the state were attacked last year by Hindu radicals.
According to the CSF, the intensification of violence against Christians in Hindu-dominated country is suggestive of the gradual progression back towards Hindu fundamentalism. “Some right-wing forces have become active since the pro-Hindu Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) took over the reins of the country,” said Joseph Dias, general secretary of CSF. The CSF called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take necessary action to prevent the persecution against Christians that is happening across India.