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Christians in India are experiencing a historically bad year for persecution. According to Open Doors USA, Christians in India have already endured over 410 instances of persecution in 2017. In the whole of 2016, Christians in India endured 441 instances of persecution total. Many blame this rise in persecution on the BJP-led government’s inability or unwillingness to confront the country’s Hindu radical groups. Because of this, a climate of impunity reigns allowing religiously motivated attacks to become almost normal. 

08/26/2017 India (CBN) – Indian Christians experienced almost as many attacks in the first half of the 2017 as they did in the entire year of 2016.

That’s according to a new report from the persecution watchdog organization Open Doors. According to the report, there were 410 reported incidents targeting Indian Christians in the first six months of this year. Last year, there were 441 reported incidents total.

Eighty-four of those incidents were violent assaults. Of those 84 violent attacks, 32 would have been deadly if timely medical-aid had not been provided.

One partner told Open Doors the Indian government fails to punish attackers, which emboldens them to target Christians even more.

“When Christians are beaten up by extremists, they are injured mostly on their heads or vital body parts. There was one incident earlier this year when the victim was attacked by a sword to his head. He was bleeding profusely and was critically injured… Attackers do not care if the person dies. They know they will not be punished because the Government (and hence the judiciary) will take their side. In most cases attackers go unpunished,” the partner said.

While some Christians may not be physically attacked, they pay a heavy societal toll for following Christ.

According to the report, many Christians become social outcasts or are forced to leave their homes for fear of their safety.

The biggest perpetrators of this persecution are Hindu extremists.

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