A nine-year-old Christian convert girl gang-raped and killed in India
Anjali Masih was playing with her friends when three men lured her away in her village. She was then gang-raped by the men and strangled to death with a telephone wire. The crime took place on the 5th of August in Punjab State.
A local pastor said that since Anjali Masih’s parents had recently become Christians, he believed her murder was a warning to others who might consider changing their religion to Christianity.
He also reported that an increasing number of people in India have been converting to Christianity, which has resulted in much opposition and violent threats.
“This vile targeting of an innocent little girl because of her religion is absolutely abhorrent. Sadly the rape and murder of Anjali is part of a worrying trend of increasing violence against Christians – especially converts – across India,” Henrietta Blyth, Open Doors’ CEO, commented.
Most persecution comes from a variety of radical Hindu groups wanting to “cleanse” their country. Converts from a Hindu background bear the brunt of the persecution in India, and are constantly under pressure to return to Hinduism.