Anti-Christian violence in India
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Anti-Christian violence in India refers to religiously motivated violence against Christians in India, usually perpetrated by Hindu nationalists. The acts of violence include arson of churches, re-conversion of Christians to Hinduism by force and threats of physical violence, distribution of threatening literature, burning of Bibles, raping of nuns, murder of Christian priests and destruction of Christian schools, colleges, and cemeteries.
From 1964 to 1996, at least 38 incidents of violence against Christians were reported. In 1997, 24 such incidents were reported. Since 1998, Christians in India have faced a wave of violence. In 1998 alone, 90 incidents were reported.
In 2014 the Ministry of Home Affairs reported a steep 30 per cent rise in the number of communal violence incidents in 2013 as compared to 2012, with the maximum number of cases being reported from Uttar Pradesh. Attacks against Christians and other minority groups have again risen sharply under the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reported incidents of abuse carried out against Christians in India went up to 177 in 2015, and escalated to 300 in 2016 the Evangelical Fellowship of India reported.
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