Christian Persecution in India Likely to Increase in 2018

ICC Note:

Christian persecution in India looks likely to increase in 2018. This bleak conclusion has been arrived at based on the increases in persecution that took place in 2017. According to Open Doors USA, India is the 11th worst persecutor of Christians on the planet. In the group’s most recent rankings, India has topped Saudi Arabia. In just the first half of 2017, Christians were attacked, mostly by Hindu radicals, over 400 times. Because these groups operate with near impunity in India, it seems likely that this trend of increasing persecution will continue. 

01/19/2018 India (One News Now) – A spokesperson for a persecution watchdog group says the outlook for 2018 appears to be gloomy when it comes to increased religious freedom for Christians in India.

That bleak view of the new year – offered by William Stark with International Christian Concern – is based on what happened in 2017, and particularly during this past Christmas season. He says ICC has identified more than 30 separate attacks on Christians at specific Christmas events in India.

But Stark sees one bright spot in all of this: the state government did deploy security forces to churches on Christmas Day to protect Christians.

“The state is willing to protect the religious freedom rights of Christians as long as they are doing those within designated spaces that [the state] decided are places of worship,” he explains.

“So it’s unfortunate, in one sense, that it seems that the ability of Christians to be protected [as they] practice their religion is being limited to the church on specific days [instead of] religious freedom being the norm of wherever you walk in India.”

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For interviews with William Stark, ICC’s Regional Manager, please contact Olivia Miller, Communications Coordinator: press@persecution.org.