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Anti-Christian violence on the rise in India

Indian nuns hold a placard as they listen to a speaker during a rally in New Delhi to protest against continued anti-Christian violence in India in this file photo.  (Photo by Raveendran/AFP)

Saji Thomas, Bhopal

May 18, 2017

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Attacks against Christians are increasing in India, with 260 incidents recorded in the first five months of 2017, according to Persecution Relief, an ecumenical Christian forum that monitors incidents of persecution.

The organization counted 348 incidents last year, an average of 29 incidents per month, while this year the monthly average, 52, almost doubled. The offenses reported include murder, physical violence, destruction of churches, threat and harassment, social boycott, hate campaigns, abduction and attempts to murder.

"It is an alarming situation for us," said Shibu Thomas, founder of Persecution Relief, who started the organization in 2015 to provide support to the victims of persecution in the country.

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