With state support and other organs of the state including Police and judiciary under the control of RSS, the Hindu extremists are flourishing with no one to back them off. Any religion other than Hinduism has become a liability in Modi’s India. Vicious Hindutva ideology, seeking Hindu domination in India, is the chief guiding principle for BJP-led Indian government. Under the patronage of Indian government, Hindu terrorists threat and kill Christians and vandalize their places of worship with sheer impunity.

Members of the Christian community staged a protest in New Delhi to draw the government, Judiciary and civil society’s attention to the “rising incidents of crime against the community”. The community will be sending a memorandum to President Droupadi Murmu, asking for a National Redressal Commission headed by a retired Supreme Court judge to address the issues of “targeted” violence against the community. The memorandum, which was signed by the community members said, “continued waves of vile hate speech and targeted violence have buffeted the Christian community in recent years, and in particular in 2022-23. The violence seems to have reached a crescendo in January and February 2023”. It said, that of particular concern were the States of Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Karnataka and Jharkhand.

It flagged registration of malicious FIRs, non-registration of FIRs despite complaints filed by victims, lack of CCTVs in police stations and illegal detentions as chief concerns. The memorandum sought the strengthening of human rights monitoring mechanisms, including the National Commission for Minorities and National Human Rights Commission, speedy closure of cases where false allegations had been leveled against Christians. One of the protesters said: “We are being accused of forcibly converting people to Christianity. Churches are being attacked, our people are being beaten up and arrested. The community members are living in a constant state of panic.” In a press release, the community said that “The United Christian Forum, a human rights groups based in New Delhi that monitors atrocities against Christians in India, has recorded a total of 598 incidents of violence against Christians from 21 States till the end of December 2022”. According to Indian Constitution citizens have the freedom to “profess, practice and propagate” any religion. But during seven years of Modi, eight BJP-ruled states have passed these discriminatory laws which have led to increased violence against Christians in India.

The world must act now to halt Christian persecution; otherwise, another genocide is in making and this time Indian Christians will be the target.