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India is one of the most dangerous places for Christians with at least 2 attacks daily

New Delhi, December 14 (EFE).- India is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for Christians, who face the greatest persecution and recorded at least two attacks a day this year, according to the defense organization United Christian Forum. (UCF).

This year, 687 cases of attacks against the Christian community were reported, the highest number of victims so far documented by UCF, which offers a hotline service to help people facing threats of violence in India.

Reports have increased over the past decade, surpassing the 147 cases of violence reported in 2014, 177 in 2015, 208 in 2016, 240 in 2017, 292 in 2018, 328 in 2019, 279 in 2012, 2, 2 , 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 5, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, .

According to the annual ranking by the Open Doors Observatory, “India ranks as the eleventh worst country in the world in terms of persecution of Christians,” UCF said in a statement.

The Open Doors report referenced by UCF describes India as “a scary place to be a Christian,” especially in some predominantly Hindu states.

India is experiencing a rise in the ideology of “Hindutva”, an idea that Hindus are the true Indians, while Christians, Muslims and other religious minorities are interlopers who should be expelled or marginalized.

The “religious freedom” laws, commonly known as “anti-conversion laws”, govern in at least 11 of the country’s 28 states and punish Indians who practice a religion other than Hinduism.

These numbers are alarming considering that Christians represent less than 5% of the Indian population.

Out of a total of 687 violent incidents recorded between January and November this year, 531 took place in four states in northern India, namely: Uttar Pradesh with 287 incidents, 148 in Chhattisgarh, 49 in Jharkhand and 47 in Haryana.

In nearly all incidents, there are reports of “vigilante mobs composed of religious extremists breaking into prayer meetings or rounding up people they believe are involved in forced religious conversions,” UCF said.

The northeastern state of Manipur saw one of its most violent periods this year with bloody religious communal clashes, mostly Hindus against Christians, which left at least 175 dead and more than 1,000 people seriously injured.

According to UCF, in this wave of violence there were more than 5,000 cases of arson and 254 churches burned and destroyed.

In general, the greatest risk lies with people of Hindu origin who try to approach Christianity. In some cases, abandoning the Hindu faith entails social ostracism, discrimination, violence or even death.EFE

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