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Rise in Violent Attacks on Christians in India

Attacks on Christians in India have increased by 425 percent since 2014—the year Prime Minister Modi took office. This is just part of the reason India has risen to #10 on the 2019 World Watch List—the country’s first time in the top 10. 

On April 11, voting begins for India’s federal parliament—and believers in India are desperately asking the church in the U.S. to take notice and stand with them in prayer. Elections continue until May 19—enough time to allow the nation’s 900 million voters a chance to go to the polls and make their voices heard. 

The results of this election could mean continued and escalating persecution or a path to more freedom for Christians across the countryespecially for the many who have turned from the Hindu faith to follow Jesus. 

Often at great cost. 


Violent attacks on Christians have risen 425%

What's at stake?

According to our partners in the field, if Modi’s party is re-elected, there could be more BJP members added to parliament and greater influence for the Hindu nationalist movement.

This could mean an expansion of anti-conversion laws in more of India’s 29 states, even fewer consequences for radicals who attack Christians and fewer rights for believers.

Simply put, if a Hindu nationalist party, like the BJP, wins this election, the efforts to wipe out Christians from India may grow even more violent, pervasive and widespread than what’s happening today.

Rise in Violent Attacks on Christians in India

Urgent prayer needed for
elections beginning on April 11 

Urgent prayer needed for elections beginning on April 11.


The rise of Hindu nationalism

In 2014’s elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a landslide victory and became the majority party in India’s parliament, elevating Narendra Modi, a leader who promotes a “strident brand of Hindu nationalism,” to Prime Minister of India.

The BJP has close ties to the group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which the Washington Post describes as “India’s most influential Hindu nationalist group.” Prime Minister Modi was an organizer with RSS before he entered politics. 

Many Indian Christians are concerned that another victory of the BJP—especially a decisive one—will increase persecution even more. 

“From the day I became a believer, I’ve faced persecution ... The elections are directly connected to our freedom.”
Pastor Manoj from India

How to pray

  • Pray for God to work through this election to pave the way for more religious freedom in India.

  • Pray for healing and comfort for those who have experienced attacks for their faith, and ask God to change the hearts of those who would seek to harm Christians.

Real stories, real people

“Because of my persecution, I cannot go to school. I also miss my family a lot. I’ve seen them twice after they kicked me out. I love my family, but they don’t accept me.”

Saree, a young girl who was kicked out of her home for following Jesus. 
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“I stood in the distance. All I could do was pray,” Kirti says. “Pray for the murderers of my husband. May God change their heart and may they also accept Jesus in their lives. Finally, pray for the salvation of all the people in my village.”

Kirti’s husband was killed by Hindu radicals because of his faith. 
  • Ask God to protect Christians from threats, mob violence and attacks during this election season. 

  • Pray for Christians in remote tribal villages who often follow Jesus in the face of great trials and suffering. They are kicked out of the community, often beaten and left with little-to-nothing to survive.