India (MNN) — A brand new report confirms escalating persecution in India. Based on the Alliance Defending Freedom, believers have endured 218 acts of religiously-motivated violence this yr. There have been greater than 1,000 assaults since Prime Minister Narendra Modi got here to energy in 2014.
Issues are getting far more troublesome for Christians in India, says John Pudaite of Bibles For The World. We’ve seen a rise of reportedly 400% in acts of violence and different incidents in opposition to Christians yr over yr.
Whereas Hindu extremists are behind most of Indias persecution, Pudaite says the federal government is making use of strain, too.
There’s a preparation of a nationwide anti-conversion invoice that this authorities is speeding to get put earlier than the Parliament. We’re anticipating this might occur within the subsequent three to 6, maybe 9 months.
Anti-conversion or anti-Christian?
A number of states in India have their very own anti-conversion legal guidelines. Nevertheless, Pudaites contacts count on the nationwide legislation might be extra restrictive than these at present in place. Extra about that right here.
The Indian authorities, as I perceive, has about 200 individuals engaged on these kinds of measures theyve received a crew of attorneys drafting this and so they need it to be watertight, Pudaite explains.
They speak about it as anti-conversion however it’s actually directed in opposition to Christians not in opposition to a number of the different religions which can be current in India.
A number of weeks in the past, officers tightened restrictions on the infamous Foreigners Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) the measure that pressured Compassion Worldwide to go away the nation in 2017. New restrictions require everybody working for a nonprofit to vow they haven’t and won’t interact in spiritual conversion actions.
There’s various organizations [with] individuals on their workers which have been prosecuted or convicted of spiritual conversion. So, these organizations might be singled out instantly for additional investigation, Pudaite says.
It actually places everyone ready the place they’re actually watching what they do rigorously.
Nepal follows in Indias footsteps
Believers see the identical factor taking place in neighboring Nepal. One in every of our companions has been concerned in lot of Scripture distribution in Nepal, and he was held over a complete weekend earlier than he was capable of be bailed out, Pudaite says.
Nepal reworked from a Hindu kingdom to secular nation in 2015, and its been dealing with strain from India ever since. Nepali authorities took a big step final yr by implementing anti-conversion laws.
We simply know that Nepal [will] comply with Indias lead. India can put a whole lot of strain on Nepal as a result of Nepal is a landlocked nation. The whole lot is available in or via or from India.
Now that , what is going to you do? First, pray for Pudaite and his crew as they go to companions within the area. Nicely be leaving pretty shortly right here and I simply need to ask our listeners [and readers] for prayer, Pudaite says.
Pray that we could also be a blessing and encouragement and edifying to people who we come into contact with.
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