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India

India

World Watch List Rank 10
World Watch List Score 83/100
Leader Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Population 1,383,198,000 | 67,356,000 Christians
Main Religion Hinduism
WWL Rank in 2020 10
Persecution Level Extreme Persecution

Hindu extremists believe that all Indians should be Hindus, and that the country should be rid of Christianity and Islam. They use extensive violence to achieve this goal, particularly targeting Christians from a Hindu background.  

Believers are often physically attacked and sometimes killed, and experience constant pressure from their family and community to return to Hinduism. If they do not “re-convert,” they may be boycotted by their community, with a devastating effect on their ability to earn income. Many believers are isolated and do not know any other Christians.

Anti-conversion laws are abused to harass and intimidate Christians. While few people are convicted under these laws, cases can drag on for years.  

What changed this year?

Persecution in India has increased significantly over the past five years, and has now remained relatively unchanged for the past year. The COVID-19 pandemic has offered a new weapon for persecutors, though, and Christians are often deliberately overlooked when official COVID-19 food and aid is distributed. This has left many desperate for food, particularly since many Christians are from the Dalit caste and thus very poor, and have lost their sources of income this year.  

HOW WE HELP

Open Doors works through local church partners to strengthen the Indian church through providing emergency aid (Rapid Response teams are often first on the scene after violent attacks), persecution survival training, Bibles, livelihood and community development programs, advocacy support and legal training.  

PRAY FOR INDIA

  • Praise God that many are coming to faith in India through miraculous healings and the courageous witness of India’s Christians. Pray that many more will come to know Jesus.
  • Pray for protection for our brothers and sisters, especially new Christians, and those living in rural areas who are particularly isolated.
  • Pray for wisdom and energy for Open Doors partners that God will protect them as they carry out this vital work, particularly during the pandemic. 
Pray for India

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