Despite Rise in Persecution, Church Growth Hasn't Stopped in India

Published 29 January 2018  |  
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India stands at number 11 out of the top 50 countries where Christian persecution is at its worst, according to the 2018 World Watch List.

"Persecution of Christians is rising in India. More than ever before, the growth of radical Hinduism in the nation is fueling violent attacks, with even greater impunity for attackers as the government sides with radical groups," read the Open Doors' report.

Pr Joseph D'Souza, one of the leading human rights activists in India explained how Hindu fundamentalists are constructing a false image of Christianity and spreading dangerous propaganda against Christians in the country.

"The propaganda that continues to go on which is absolutely not correct that Christians are involved in false and forced conversions. Nothing of that sort is happening," D'Souza told CBN News.

"The propaganda that somehow Christians are working against India, against the interests of India by trying to be Christians, is propelling this. And a lack of control of these groups that seem to commit crimes and attack minorities with impunity," he added.

Also, the Hindu fundamentalists equally target Muslims and Dalits, anyone who does not adhere to their ideology.

"It's not just related to the Christians. It's also related to the Muslims, Dalits, and now also Hindus," said D'Souza.

Dalits are regarded "untouchable" and rank the lowest in India's caste system.

"India cannot continue with a caste system," said D'Souza.

"While many Dalits have found freedom and dignity through Christian work and education and spiritual work, the problem is not over," he added.

But persecution hasn't stopped the growth of Christianity in India as God is still at work in the country.

"Persecution has never stopped the growth of the church. In fact, when we are attacked, when we are persecuted, we become stronger," said D'Souza.

"They're standing strong and they're not recounting," he added.

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