Report Documents High Levels of Persecution of India’s Christians in 2018

02/22/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – In a recently released report on persecution, the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) documented a sustained trend in the persecution of Indian Christians from 2017 to 2018. The continuation of unprecedented levels of intolerance and persecution has led India to be ranked within the top ten of Open Doors’ World Watch List, a list that ranks the 50 most difficult countries for Christians in the world.

According the report, “The Religious Liberty Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of India recorded 325 incidents where Christians have been targeted using violence, intimidation or harassment.” This documents a slight decrease on the 351 cases recorded in 2017.

However, as the report points out, “This [report] is by no means an exhaustive compilation. Most cases go unreported either because the victim or witnesses are terrified, or the police, especially in the northern states, turn a blind eye and refuse to record the mandatory First Information Report of the crime.

EFI fears that the upcoming general elections could be the ignition point for increased persecution in 2019. “With general elections due in April-May 2019, attempts at religious polarization is at an all-time high. Hate speeches have acted as a catalyst in dividing people along religious, ethnic and even linguistic lines.

As indicated by EFI’s report, Indian Christians continue to endure unprecedented levels of persecution. With the upcoming general election potential ignition point for persecution, it is important to remember Indian Christians in our prayers in 2019.

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