• Christian Persecution in India

    Christian Persecution
    in India

    Pastor Gideon Jacob accused due to slander
  • Christian Persecution in India

    Christian Persecution
    in India

    MosesMinistries: Free but not free - young women still under the supervision of the authorities

The Timeline of a Martyr


In 1994 MoseMinistries (a project of Good Shepherd Evangelical Mission Pvt. Ltd.- GSEM – 9, Renganagar, Subramaniyapuram,Trichy 6200-20) began in Usilampatti – The government did not require at this time any official registration of children’s homes. However, from the start, the home was known and recognized by the authorities. In the years following, up until 1999, children were taken into the home. During the time of the development of the home, none any of the girls relatives ever come to visit, or to ask to take them back again or even inquire about their well-being, although the location of MoseMinistries was also public knowledge.

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About India

Position on the World Persecution Index 2019: Place 10 / 83 points (WVI 2018: Place 11 / 81 points)

  • Leader: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • Government: Federal republic
  • Population: 1,354,052,000 (65,061,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion: Hinduism
  • Persecution Level: Extreme
  • Source of Persecution: Religious Nationalism

Since May 2014, India has been governed by a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Continued violence against Christians and churches
Since the current ruling party took power in 2014, attacks have increased, and Hindu radicals believe they can attack Christians with no consequences. As a result, Christians have been targeted by Hindu nationalist extremists more and more each year. The view of the nationalists is that to be Indian is to be Hindu, so any other faith—including Christianity—is considered non-Indian. Additionally, in some regions of the country, converts to Christianity from Hinduism experience extreme persecution, discrimination and violence.

How Christians are suffering
Because radical Hindu nationalists view followers of Jesus as alien to the nation, all Christians in India are suffering persecution. Driven by a desire to cleanse their country from Islam and Christianity, nationalists do not shy away from using extensive violence to achieve their goals.

Converts to Christianity from Hinduism bear the brunt of the Christian persecution in India and are constantly under pressure by the state, their community and their families to return to Hinduism (especially via campaigns knows as ghar wapsi, which means “homecoming”). These Christians are often physically assaulted and sometimes killed.

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