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08/24/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – Justice Vaidyanathan of the Madras High Court has withdrawn offensive statements he made against Christians while hearing a sexual harassment case against a professor at a Christian College. The sweeping statements made by the justice placed all Christians in India in a bad light and prompted widespread criticism.

While hearing the sexual harassment case on August 16, Justice Vaidyanathan said he felt it “appropriate to point out that Christians missionaries are always the source of attack in one way or the other and, in the present era, there are several accusations against them for indulging in compulsory conversion of people of other religions to Christianity.

This statement by the justice perpetuates a conspiracy theory often peddled by radical Hindu nationals against Christians. According to this conspiracy, Indian Christians are fraudulently converting Hindu in mass to Christianity. This conspiracy has been used to justify attacks on Christian communities and pass laws restricting the religious freedom of Indian Christians.

However, this conspiracy does not hold up when compared to India’s census data. Since independence, India’s Christian population has remained only 2.3% of the overall population.

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