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4,000 incidents of anti-Christian violence in India last year

January 23, 2014

More than 4,000 cases of anti-Christian violence occurred in India last year, according to a report received by the Fides news agency.

The “report on persecution in 2013,” prepared cooperatively by several Christian groups in India, documented 7 murders along with hundreds of beatings, attacks on churches, and other forms of abuse. More than 200 cases were classified as serious forms of persecution.

The anti-Christian violence was perpetrated primarily by Hindu zealots. Most of the incidents occurred in Indian states where Hindu nationalism is strong. The state of Karnataka saw the greatest incidence of violence.


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