Persecution of Christians in India is inextricably linked to the fact that many suffer discrimination for being members of the dalit or “untouchable” caste, and Hindu extremists have become “bolder and more mainstream” in recent memory, a prominent Indian Christian bishop tells Breitbart News.
Joseph D’Souza, the moderating bishop of the Good Shepherd Church of India and a longtime activist for dalit rights, tells Breitbart News that violence against Christians in India has grown in the past decade along with the rise of “radicalized religious groups.” Christians face persecution from both Muslims and Hindu nationalists, the latter whom also perceive Islam as a foreign religion.
“The major challenge facing Christians in India is violence at the hand of radicalized religious groups,” Rev.
D’Souza explained that extremist groups typically incite violence against Christians by claiming that they “are involved in forced and fraudulent conversions, when nothing could be farther from the truth.
“We were greatly encouraged when the previous administration strengthened and affirmed the International Religious Freedom Act,” he told Breitbart News.