Christians continue to be a severely persecuted minority in India that suffers daily. According to the International Christian Concern by way of the United Christian Forum, attacks on Christians in India have continued to rise for 2020.
According to a recent release by the United Christian Forum (UCF) in India, attacks on Christians and their places of worship continued to escalate in both number and severity in 2020. In just the month of March, 27 violent attacks were reported from 11 different states in India.
UCF, a Christian organization that advocates on behalf of Christians in India, set up a helpline in 2015 to record the number of attacks on India’s Christians. From January 1 to March 31, UCF documented 56 threats against Christians as well as 26 physical assaults. This totaled 82 documented incidents.
According to UCF’s release, these attacks were primarily perpetrated by mobs and took place in Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Bihar, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, and Goa. In most incidents, mobs attacked the Christians because they objected to Christians holding worship services.
For example, on March 12, a mob attacked a pastor and his six-year-old son because they were running a house church. The pastor’s eight-year-old daughter was also forced to strip by the mob. They told the girl she would be beaten to death if she did not comply. (source)