#ShortNews: Violence against Christians steadily increasing in India

275 episodes of violence against Indian Christians reported (from January 1st to October 31st 2019) on the toll-free number activated by the “United Christian Forum (UCF) and by the “Alliance for Defending Freedom”( ADF), organizations committed to defending the life and rights of Christian communities in India. As announced to Agenzia Fides, of the 275 episodes of violence reported on the toll-free number, 192 were intimidation and threats by a crowd of militants. We are talking about 27 accidents per month, compared to the average of 20 accidents in 2018. According to data from Fides, 145 women and 106 children were injured in cases of mass violence.

Among the most recent episodes, recorded in October 2019, on October 24, 2019, in a village in the state of Orissa, a group of militants broke into the homes of nine Christian families, burning Bibles and other Christian literature in front of the statue of a Hindu god.

According to data recorded by the “United Christian Forum (UCF) and “Alliance for Defending Freedom” (ADF) since 2014, attacks on Christians have steadily increased: they were 147 in 2014, 177 in 2015, 208 in 2016, 240 in 2017; 292 in 2018.

Source: http://www.fides.org/en/news/67011-ASIA_INDIA_Violence_against_Christians_the_growing_trend_is_confirmed

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