India

India has also made it to the top of the list in recent years and the stories of persecution have become even more frightening. The main religion of India is Hinduism, but the source of persecution is Religious Nationalism. Since Prime minister Narendra Modi became Prime Minister in 2014, there has been an increase in violence and persecution. Christians in India face growing threats from Hindu extremists who advocate for a Hindu-only India, viewing other faiths as unwelcome. Anticonversion laws are being enacted in more states, often used to harass and frighten Christians. Converts from Hinduism encounter severe familial and societal pressures. Videos depicting violent assaults are circulated online. The disproportionate targeting of Christians during ethnoreligious violence in Manipur in 2023 underscores the pervasive persecution Christians endure in various regions of India. They have to face constant discrimination and persecution since they are not considered “Indian”.

 

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Ranking in Top 50 Persecuted Countries

 

Extreme

Persecution Level

 

71 million

Number of Christians

 

Hinduism

National Religion

*source: opendoors.org

Here are some of VOC’s stories from India

Orphans in Manipur hearing the Gospel and finding hope.

Orphans in Manipur hearing the Gospel and finding hope.

6.9.2024     Last year's ethnic violence in Manipur plunged the small Indian state of Manipur into a war as the two largest groups, the majority Meitei and minority Kuki, battle over land and influence. The devastating violence has seen 70 Christians killed,...

Persecuted Families in India

Persecuted Families in India

5.21.2024 In 2023, persecution against Christians in India hit the headlines. Gangs of armed Hindu extremists went door to door and assaulted believers. They target Christian families to create fear and chaos in the Christian community. VOC was able to recently help...

Squeeze Pt. 2: Savio

Squeeze Pt. 2: Savio

In the previous part of “Squeeze,” we read the testimony of a young man who had to leave his home due to the persecution he faced. Undoubtedly, all that Christians in a similar situation face up to that point is dreadful. However, leaving one’s home is not the end of...

Squeeze Pt. 1: Savio

Squeeze Pt. 1: Savio

Persecution can be differentiated based on characteristics such as demographics, levels of severity and outreach, and so forth. OpenDoorsUk “distinguishes between two main expressions of persecution: ‘squeeze’ and ‘smash’. ‘Smash’ is relatively easy to identify and...

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