Christianity CRACKDOWN: Hindu extremists ATTACK Indian believers – 100 churches SHUT DOWN
CHRISTIANS are under threat in India, as Hindu extremists are increasingly persecuting them for their religion.
By ABBIE LLEWELYN
06:44, Wed, Mar 27, 2019 | UPDATED: 08:58, Wed, Mar 27, 2019
Christians are perceived as ‘second class citizens’ in India says expert
A United Christian Forum (UCF) helpline recorded 29 violent incidents and threats towards Christians in the country, compared to 20 incidents per month last year. Hindu fundamentalists are also working towards a more coordinated effort to use building regulation laws to shut down churches, especially in remote areas. More than 100 churches were shut in 2018.
This happened after Hindu extremists raided them or filed complaints against the police, according to UCF helpline reports and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a US-based non-profit that helps Christians having their religious freedom threatened.
Some of these congregations had as many as 300 people.
Some pastors have claimed this is a conservative estimate, as there are too many churches and in remote places to keep accurate records, according to Newsweek.
Mange Singe, from Ruhalki Kishanpur near Haridwar, said police have closed seven churches permanently.
Hindu extremists have been persecuting Christians in India (Image: GETTY)
More than 100 churches were shut down in India last year (Image: GETTY)
He told Newsweek: “The Hindu extremists barge into the middle of the worship services and threaten and abuse the people present.
“If this does not scare the Christians away the extremists get the police along and shut down the church and the fellowship by force and chase the worshippers away.”
He said his church, Christian Revival Church, has been attacked at least 25 times by extremists since it began in 2010.
Violence is also on the rise against Christians in India (Image: GETTY)
He himself has been arrested 32 times since 2011 over conducting prayers or false allegations of forcibly converting someone to christianity, he claimed.
He said: “Since 2014, persecution has increased,” calling the past few years “Persecution Anytime.”
Rajesh Kumar, a pastor from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh, had his 300-strong congregation disrupted by a Hindu extremist group called the Bajrang Dal.
An elder at the church, Bhawar Pal Singh said: “They took us to the police station and a First Information Report was lodged against us for ‘disrupting peace’.”
The church has been shut ever since.
source : https://www.express.co.uk
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