Violent attacks on Christians in India are increasing, according to a new report.
The report from the All India Christian Council says that there is an anti-Christian attack every 40 hours as the governing Hindu nationalist party tries to create a “Hindu nation” in India.
In 2016, attacks against Christians jumped by about 20 percent, while physical violence is up about 40 percent.
"The attacks have become severe and more frequent. Incidents used to be confined to a few states. Now the violence has spread to 23 states," the report said.
The attacks are described as physical beating, torching of churches, vandalism, burning of Bibles, death threats and forcing Christians to renounce their faith and convert to Hinduism.
Earlier this month, the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a rightwing young organization, forced police to stop a Christian prayer meeting in Uttar Pradesh. The group complained that the prayer meeting of more than 150 people was aimed at converting people to Christianity.
In February, an evangelist in India reportedly fell into a coma after he was harassed by Hindu nationalists for publicly distributing copies of the New Testament. The group threatened to burn him alive, asking him if “Jesus will save you from the flames.”
Attacks have increased since the Hindu national Bharatiya Janata Party won the national election in 2014. The party believes in the Hindutva idealogy, where Hindus dominate India.
Publication date: May 18, 2017