Persecution of Christians continues to rise in India

Persecution of Christians continues to rise in India

Since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a Hindu nationalist party, won the general election in 2014, Christian commentators have claimed the government, particularly at a local level, has been unwilling to clamp down on extremist Hindus.

According to Persecution Relief, between January 2016 and June 2020, there have been 2,067 crimes inspired by religious intolerance against Christians in India.

On June 7, Kande Mudu, a 27-year-old Christian, was murdered in Jharkhand in north-eastern India, and on July 10, Munsi Thado, age 35, was murdered in Maharashtra, in the west of the country.

The series of murders has raised fears amongst local Christians that persecution, usually experienced through boycotts, threats, and property destruction, is intensifying in India.

On July 9, six Christian families in Jharkhand, under pressure from their neighbours to leave their largely Hindu village, reported the threats to their local police station.

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