A pattern of persecution in India

By January 15, 2015
(Photo courtesy International Christian Concern)

(Photo courtesy International Christian Concern)

India (ICC/MNN) — In the last 45 days, four churches in New Delhi, India, have been attacked.

International Christian Concern reported the Marian grotto was vandalized at night by three people. Though the incident was caught on security footage, the vandals are unknown. Many of the Christians in New Delhi have become concerned and believe there is a pattern of persecution towards followers of Chrfist.

According to Matters India, the first incident took place on December 1. St. Sebastian’s Church was burnt and started protests from Christians throughout the capital.

Just a week later, several people threw stones at Our Lady of Fatima Forane church Jasola, breaking window panes.

Matters India reported on January 3 that a fire was started at the Church of Resurrection in Rohini.

The fourth attack, which took place on January 14 at Our Lady of Graces Church, happened just two days after the Election Commission of India announced the polls to elect Delhi’s legislative assembly would be held on February 7. Three people rode on a motorbike early in the morning and vandalized the stained glass window and other property.

Father Balraj told Matters India they filed a First Information Report and the police have already identified the perpetrators.

Before the fourth attack, police said the two fires and stone throwing were accidents, not crimes. Father Mathew Koyickal told Matters India, “Now they have no excuse.”

Continue praying for churches and Christians who are persecuted everywhere.

3 Comments

  • Reader says:

    Earlier, RSS and VHP has convert hundreds of Muslims and Christians into Hindu religion and ironically Indian PM Modi didn’t condemn Hindu extremist’s forceful conversions. And unfortunately it is happening in so called secular India run by Hindu hardliners party BJP

  • Ajit says:

    Minorities have always been remained the victims of violence and betrayal. There are many countries who have found to be involved in the same violence but the intensity of violence against the minorities seen in India can never be found any where else. Previously it was because of poor implementation of human rights resolutions but now its a clear demonstration that the person sitting on the PM chair and his followers are the major factors behind these attacks and violence episodes. Modi’s aggressive policies and harsh attitude can better be explained by the Gujrat Massacre where he intentionally killed no of Muslims just because he hate Muslims and now he is pointing towards the Christians.

  • Our some mentaly blind hindu brothers hate christians and Jesus. Recently they attack in our cottage prayer with policemans and said that stop all your prayer. We are pray in our House peacefully but it is problem for them. policeman take us in police station do warnings that stop your cottage prayers. Pray on your Church not in cottage do not involve anyboby in your cottage prayer. Please pray against this Plan of our enemy(Satan). God himself is our Shield – Praise the Lord

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