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Solace amid persecution for India's Christian minorityMEGHALAYA, India (BP) -- Christians comprising just 2.3 percent of India's population noted two legal successes this Easter as religious persecution mounts under the Hindu nation's ruling Indian People's Party (BJP).
In Meghalaya, one of three Indian states where Christians comprise a population majority, the BJP-ruled government responded to widespread public protests and withdrew an order March 27 to halt Good Friday observances, Christian persecution watchdog World Watch Monitor reported March 29. Read More
India: Officials, police halt worship in 10 churchesNEW DELHI, India (BP) -- Officials and police in Tamil Nadu state, India, have ordered 10 churches to discontinue worship services, sources said.
Hindu extremists compelled state officials and police to issue orders to the churches in Coimbatore District to stop worship unless they obtain permission from the collector's office, church leaders said. And extremists reportedly intend to target 20 others in the same way.
"It is a well-planned conspiracy against the Christian community, as the Hindu extremists know that it is not easy to approach the collector's office for such permissions," pastor Johnson Sathyanathan, president of the Synod of Pentecostal Churches of Coimbatore, told Morning Star News. "The time to get such approvals can stretch from a year and a half to many more years." Read More
Indian Christians charged with forced conversionINDIA (BP) -- As persecution appears to be intensifying in India, government officials in the state of Madhya Pradesh have charged six Christians, including some pastors, with kidnapping and forced conversion for chaperoning children on the way to church camp.
Local police arrested the group in May along with more than 70 children en route to a summer Bible camp, according to International Christian Concern (ICC).
Local Hindu radicals told railway police the party of Christians was trafficking children for forced conversion, a crime in that state. Police intervened, detaining everyone at a train station. Read More
Christians join religious persecution protests in India
Christians have joined thousands in protests across India against mob violence fueled by religious beliefs in the mostly Hindu nation. Read More
Christian persecution rising in India, report saysUDAIPUR, India (BP) -- Persecution of Christians in India increased dramatically the first half of 2016 and is on pace to far exceed cases the previous two years, a new independent report found.
The 134 incidents of violence against Christians in India chronicled Jan. 1-June 30 of this year were "just a fraction of the violence on the ground," the Evangelical Fellowship of India's Religious Liberty Commission (EFIRLC) noted in its report, Hate and Targeted Violence Against Christians in India. Read More
Christianity growing in N. India amid Hindu hostility
NORTHERN INDIA (BP) -- Missionaries in northern India say Hindu extremists are increasingly trying to entrap them with trumped-up accusations of forced conversions. But the rise in persecution isn't dissuading true converts, who are turning to Christ in larger numbers, according to new census data.
People have the freedom to change their religion in India, but forced conversions are illegal. Read More
Growing tension against Christians cited in India
NEW DELHI (BP) -- Heightened hostilities against Christians in India that began late last year continued through the summer, with Hindu extremists threatening Christians and forcing them to "reconvert" to Hinduism, church leaders said.
In Rajasthan in the northwest, 10 Christian families in Nakhnool village, near Alwar, have fled after intolerant Hindus harassed and threatened to kill them, area church leaders said. Read More
India: Anti-Christian attacks up 55%
NEW DELHI (BP) -- The number of violent and nonviolent attacks against Christians in India has increased 55 percent since Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi became prime minister last year, according to the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI). Read More
MISSIONS: Why we goSOUTH ASIA (BP) -- Six years ago, I ventured to India. This fall I returned.
Nearly four years had passed. A lot had changed. A lot had stayed the same. The city where I served two years had grown. New malls replaced old abandoned ones. The streets were still packed with two-wheelers and rickshaws maneuvering through tight spaces. Colors and patterns combine in a glorious kaleidoscope of textiles. Sweet spices and sweat fill the senses. No matter how many roads had been built or how many walls had been painted, India was still India. Read More
13 women die in India sterilizations
INDIA (BP) -- At least 13 women died in India and dozens became ill after undergoing sterilization procedures as a part of a nationwide population control program, government officials have acknowledged in news reports.
Eighty-three women underwent the surgery Saturday, Nov. 8, at a hospital in the state of Chhattisgarh, one of the poorest in India. Read More