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India urged to intervene as Hindu attacks on Christians increase

by Donna Birrell

Christian organisation, Release International, is calling on India to intervene to prevent growing attacks against Christians accused of fraudulently converting Hindus. 

It says attacks against Christians are rising as the radical nationalist movement Hindutva grows in influence. 

Adherents to Hindutva believe that to be Indian is to be Hindu - and nothing else will be tolerated. Release International says around eight states have so far passed anti-conversion laws and there are moves to push through a national law to prevent so-called forced conversions.
 
Christians make up less than five per cent of India and religious nationalism is on the rise, with Christians and Muslims alike being attacked by Hindu militants.

In the latest attack, a Hindu mob set about 23-year-old Christian, Anamika Gautam with bamboo clubs and steel rods, threatening to kill her for sharing her faith with a Hindu.
 
They threatened to kill her and her father for carrying out so-called forced conversions to Christianity. 
 
She explained to Morning Star News: 'We told them that nobody accepts the Christian faith because of us, it is the Lord who calls people to him, it is not human effort."
 
They were accused of breach of the peace and criminal intimidation, charges arising from claims they had forcefully converted a former Hindu, who had joined them in prayer meetings at their home.
 
The family now faces legal charges and Anamika says death threats against them continue:

"There is still a threat to our lives and constant harassment. As we pass by on the road, they threaten us or abuse us. But I know that even if the world is against us, the Lord is on our side. He is faithful."
 
Release International's partner is calling on the British government to exercise its influence and raise the issue with India.
 

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