ICC Note: Christian leaders in Jharkhand, India, have been told that they can no longer worship publically. Those caught worshiping Jesus publically will be fined 10,000 rupees. Though the right to freely practice any religion is protected under the Indian constitution, Christians in India continue to face persecution from radical Hindus who hope to make India a Hindu state. Will India choose to protect the rights of its minority citizens, or allow them to be bullied into silence?
7/14/2016 India (Ecumenical News) – Authorities in a village in Indian’s eastern Jharkhand state have told Christians to stop worshiping Jesus publicly or face fines and face other consequences and reports from other states indicate Hindu extremists continue to apply pressure on those who follow Jesus in other states.
Christian leaders in the areas were forced to sign an agreement that they would worship only inside their homes, and that if they are caught worshiping publicly, they will pay a fine of 10,000 rupees ($150), The Christian Times reported July 10.