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Spike in hate crimes against Christians in India

5 rapes and 6 murders among 293 cases recorded

Jose Kalathil

NEW DELHI: Hate crimes against Christians in India have risen by an alarming 40.87%, in spite of the nation-wide lockdown, says Persecution Relief in its half-yearly Report of 2020 which was released on Wednesday. They Report records 293 cases of hate crimes against Christians including five rapes and six murders.

Sounding an alarm about the intensifying hostility against the Christian minority in India which has become progressively common, Persecution Relief said the cases chronicled in this report are only a fraction of actual violence perpetuated and reported on the ground.

A statement released by Shibu Thomas, founder of Persecution Relief, said, “The vicious cruelty of these crimes, exposes the tainted mentality and attitude of the religious extremists of this day and age. This frightening and contagious crusade of religious nationalism and intolerance has now peaked at new inhuman altitudes.”

“Over the past seven years, India has risen from No. 31 to No. 10 on ‘Open Doors’ World Watch List, ranking just behind Iran in persecution severity. As of 2020, the USCIRF listed India as a CPC (Country of Particular Concern) along with countries like China and North Korea.

National and international media reported 128 cases of hate crimes against minorities compared to 293 cases reported by Persecution Relief. This is the harsh reality of biased reporting by various media houses who choose to steer away from such serious and sensitive issues that are detrimental to the democratic and secular nature of India,” the statement added.

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