Persecuted Christians In India Under Pressure To Convert To Hinduism
Release International said since Hindu nationalists gained power in India three years ago, violence against Christians has escalated.
Paul Robinson, the Chief Executive of Release International said: “In states across India, militants have threatened and killed church workers.
“Extremists have tried to force Christians to renounce their faith and convert to Hinduism. And they have bombed, torched, vandalised and demolished churches.”
The government has also introduced anti-conversion laws in five states and aim to make it a nation-wide law.
Spokesman for the charity, Andrew Boyd, told Premier’s News Hour about the law. He explained it’s linked to the notion of right wing Hinduism in India and the belief that if you are Indian then you have to be Hindu.
He said: “It’s based on the idea that conversion by force should be made illegal. I think everyone would agree that conversion by force would be useless.
“But actually if you preach about Heaven then it’s considered to be bribery, if you speak about Hell then it’s considered to be a threat. If you offer any kind of Christian charity then it’s regarded also as bribery.”
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