India’s Christians see challenges ahead in 2020
Looking back over 2019, many Indian Christians remember the year as a challenging year. The re-election of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to India’s national government and continued attacks on Christians and their places of worship have many bracing for more challenges ahead in 2020.
According to Tehmina Arora, a practicing Supreme Court lawyer and Director of ADF India, Christians in India continued to endure an increasing number of attacks on their community in 2019. Much of this violence was perpetrated by radical Hindu nationalists, often incited by the BJP government’s nationalistic rhetoric and policies.
“Nobody should be persecuted because of their faith,” Arora told the Catholic Herald. “In India, more and more Christians suffer from an increasing number of physical and verbal assaults.”
According to Arora, more than 300 cases of mob violence were documented against Indian Christians from all denominations. “Less than 40 of those cases were prosecuted by the police,” Arora pointed out.
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