India: Silence, Persecution

Source: FSSPX News

275 acts of violence were perpetrated against Christians in India between January 1 and October 31, 2019. Steadily increasing since Narendra Modi ascension to power, the anti-Christian persecution testifies to the systematic program, named “Hindutva,” that seeks the eradication of any non-Hindu religion in India.

The figures relayed by Fides news agency on November 25, 2019 were provided by the Alliance for the Defense of Freedom (ADF) and the United Christian Forum (UCF).

 

Of the 275 acts of violence reported in the first ten months of 2019, 192 consist of various forms of intimidation and threats to the lives of Christians, most often made by Hindu religious groups. On average, 27 cases of threats are reported per month, compared to 20 for 2018.

 

According to data received by Fides, 145 women and 106 children were beaten and wounded because of their baptism during riots.

 

Among the most recent episodes is the irruption of fanatics on October 24, 2019, in a village in Orissa, breaking into the homes of nine Christian families, burning bibles and religious objects in front of the statue of a Hindu deity.

On October 20, a group of four or five extremists threatened and demanded the closure of a church in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

On October 18, 2019, a gang “Bajrang Dal” members, a youth association close to power, interrupted Mass and desecrated the Blessed Sacrament, burning bibles and religious artifacts in Nehru Nagar, Madhya Pradesh.

In most cases, no one dares to complain. Of the 275 incidents identified in the first three quarters of the year, only 32 resulted in a complaint being lodged. According to the UCF, this is a clear sign that there is a “tacit understanding between perpetrators of violence and the police, all of whom enjoy the protection of local political leaders.”

Since 2014, attacks against Christians have been steadily increasing: 147 in 2014, 177 in 2015, 208 in 2016, 240 in 2017 and 292 in 2018, a doubling in 4 years.