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Persecution Watch, October 30, 2015
Christian Cemetery Vandalised in Belgaum, Karnataka
Three Christians including two pastors jailed at Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh
Church members brutally attacked by Hindu extremists at Bastar, Chhattisgarh
House Church Service stopped at Palian Kalan, Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh
Pastor and wife detained and interrogated by Police alleging force conversions at Chandia, Umaria, Madhya Pradesh
Christians Beaten Up, Chased Out from Home in Chhattisgarh
Delhi, Pastor threatened to stop Church service
Three Christians arrested for alleged forced conversions in Satna, Madhya Pradesh
26 Christian Families threatened with boycott and ouster from the village at Betul, Madhya Pradesh
Christian family pressured and threatened for Ghar Wapsi (re-conversion) at Satna, MP
Pastor, his pregnant wife, and their 11-month-old baby beaten at Kapurthala, Punjab
Pastor’s mother pelted with stones in Dahod, Gujarat
Pastor Shot Dead in Jharkhand
Christians summoned at Police station for questioning on false charges of Conversion at Betul, MP
Christians detained at police station on the complaint of Bajrang Dal and VHP members in Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh
Christian meeting disrupted in Dalli Rajhara, Chhattisgarh
Christians arrested in Kanhiwada, Madhya Pradesh
Christians including children arrested in Junardeo, Madhya Pradesh

We request prayers that the church would continue to serve the nation and faithfully share the Gospel of Jesus Christ which brings about reconciliation with God and one another...


EFI News October 2015

Introduction

The Evangelical Fellowship of India has recorded at least 23 verified incidents targeting the Christian community in the months of September - October 2015. This includes one person being killed by unidentified people in Jharkhand while other incidents like arrests on cooked up charges and attacks on individual Christians and worship services continued. At least one act of vandalism of a cemetery was reported from Karnataka.

Most of the incidents came from the central Indian states of Madhya Pradesh (11 incidents) and Chhattisgarh (5 incidents). Jharkhand reported two incidents, Delhi, one; Uttar Pradesh, one, Punjab, one; Gujarat, one and Karnataka reported one incident.

Majority of the incidents centered on the tribal belts of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand with tribal Christians bearing the brunt of most of the violence.

These incidents of hate crime and violence against the Christian minority are at best a partial indicator of the situation of Christians in the country for many incidents are not even reported. The Evangelical Fellowship of India urges the central government and the respective state governments to look into these incidents and take steps to check the hate and ensure justice and protection for the minority community.