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07/12/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – According to the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN), 154 incidents of Christian persecution have been confirmed in by activists in India. The confirmed incidents come from 17 different states and mark only the first half of 2021.

In a July 10 press statement, the United Christian Forum (UCF) reported that it has confirmed 154 incidents of persecution against Christians in the first half of 2021.

This year hasn’t been any different for Indian Christians except that Indian Christians across the globe came together to establish an exclusive day for themselves on July 3 and launched a decade of celebrations to honor the 2,000th anniversary of the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ,” the UCF press statement read.

January witnessed the highest number of incidents with 34 followed by 28 in June, 27 in March, 26 in April, 21 in February and 16 in May,” the press statement continued.

Mob violence accompanied by police at places of worship to disrupt prayer or church services was among the most reported incidents. However, false accusations and arrests under newly enacted anti-conversion laws were also among the reported incidents.

Since coming the power in 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government has overseen a regime in which religious intolerance and violence has skyrocketed. Since the BJP’s rise to power, attacks on Christians in India have more than doubled.

Much of the increased intolerance and violence can be blamed on the impunity perpetrators of anti-Christian violence enjoy. Coupled with the anti-Christian rhetoric often espoused by BJP politicians, many radical Hindu nationalists feel they have the tacit approval of the BJP government when attacking Christians and their places of worship.  

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