Big jump in persecution of Indian Christians

A sharp rise in the persecution of Christians in India this year was reported by New Delhi-based ecumenical human rights group, United Christian Forum in its latest report. It shows 525 cases of anti-Christian violence recorded since January. The figure was 505 in the entirety of last year.

In June, the highest 89 cases of violence against Christians were reported. The report comes at a time when India just finished as a host to G20 nations summit attended by US President Joe Biden in the national capital. Some 520 Christians have been arrested for allegedly violating stringent anti-conversion laws in various states.

The report also highlights 54 cases of social discrimination against Christians such as denying access to water sources. The Forum, however, could not record happenings in sectarian violence-hit Manipur as many places in the northeastern state are still inaccessible.

Nearly 200 people were killed, over 300 churches were destroyed and some 54,000 people were displaced amid clashes between predominantly Christian tribal people and Hindu-majority Meitei community.