If you can not be there in body, please offer a prayer.
All India Christians Minority Front (AICMF) have called for a mass movement October 1. This is to protest the persecution against Christians in India. The AICMF, that formed sixteen years ago, aims to end oppression on the community. There has been a steady increase of abuse since the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) pro-Hindus came to power in 2014. AICMF has decided to raise its voice, but will they be taken seriously?.
There were reports of 200 incidences within six months for acts of violence towards Christians by radical Hindu groups. Since the BJP has come into power at the national level, the cases of persecution have grown. Supporters of the BJP spread fear among the Christians by attacking their places of worship. The AICMF, are accused of trying to convert people, but this is not the case. The All India Christians Minority Front, simply aims to take a stand against the beatings, murders, and church burning, by the hands of the BJP. The BJP is known to carry out attacks against Christians at any given time, but they designate Christmas day to burn many churches across India. Christians are not the only target by Hindus, Muslims are also strong armed and face persecution.
Various Christian denominations will gather together for a nationwide protest against growing persecution and discrimination they face. It is hoped the protest will happen simultaneously across all 29 states. They seek the governments help in ending the violence against Christians that is ignored, or rarely prosecuted.
These are only a few examples of severe violence across India.
Nizamabad District of Telangana State, a pastor and the members of his congregation were savagely beaten by a mob of 40 Hindu radicals. The attack lead to the hospitalization of six, including a four-year-old girl whose leg was broken.
A group of Maoist rebels savagely beat, tortured and killed Pastor Yohan Maraiah in the district of East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh.
Hindus attacked a church and tried to set a pastor and his pregnant wife on fire after beating them in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region.The pastor and his family escaped, only after being beaten and doused with gasoline. The attackers destroyed the electronics at the church, beat the pastor’s children and set the Bibles and furniture on fire.
A 55-year-old Christian woman in a rural village in Punjab, bled to death after she was attacked outside her house. The woman had a mental disability caused by an accident twenty years ago. In 2015 she was arrested on accusations that she desecrated the Guru Granth Sahib (the Sikh holy book). No one has been charged with the crime, local Christians say at least three were responsible.
a 45-year-old man was abducted and severely beaten by a group of men for distributing Christian tracts in Kharghar and Taloja, near Mumbai. Prashant Bhatnagar was handing out the tracts with a married couple and their four-year-old son when he was abducted by the group. He was taken to a secluded spot in Taloja, where he was beaten, a gun was pointed at him and he was threatened with being set on fire if he continued distributing tracts. Prashant, was also urinated on and left limping and bleeding from his nose and ear following the ordeal. The attackers are linked to Shriram Pratishthan, a local Hindu educational institution.
The Indian constitution allows freedom of religion, yet six of the 29 state governments have laws forbidding “forcible conversions,”and other states may follow. These laws, which are used against Christians, make it illegal to convert someone. In Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh states, anyone wanting to convert from Hinduism or wanting to convert another, must give a 30 day notice and have permission from the government.Violators face jail, and large fines. Although Modi and his ruling BJP, have not condoned or praise the attacks against Christians, they have not spoken out against them either.
Hindu radical groups have forced cultural and customs legislation with Hindu religious practices, denouncing everything that is not Hindu, as a threat to their culture .Section 129 (c) of the Chhattisgarh Gram Panchayat Act, is enforced to restrict Christians from practicing and propagating their faith.
Religious freedom is a human right, but in many areas of the world this is not the case. Your beliefs are selected for you, and failing to comply can make life miserable.Christians in many country’s prepare themselves to face persecution, as the Bible warns. Many Christians say persecution only strengthens their faith.
2 Corinthians 4: 7-9
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;