Christian persecution in India ignored by liberal media

The Christian community and other religious minorities in India are experiencing an increasing intensity of persecution and violence at the hands of Hindu radicals, and yet liberal media continues to ignore this observable trend.

(REUTERS / Stringer)Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends an event organised by the Christian community to celebrate the beatification of two Indians by Pope Francis late last year, in New Delhi February 17, 2015.

The persecution and crackdown targeting Christians in India have been on the rise since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party came to power, with five states already prohibiting religious conversion. Despite the rise of hate crimes against the religious minorities in the South Asian country, network news shows are still keeping quiet about the issue, Life Site News noted.

Just last month, Indian authorities detained 60 children and charged their nine adult chaperones with attempted religious conversion for trying to bring the kids to a Christian summer camp in Nagpur. The children all belonged to Christian families, but authorities insisted that their parents did not follow the right protocol for converting from Hinduism to Christianity, Crux reported.

In an op-ed published by The Hill on June 24, Open Doors President David Curry said Modi's ruling party was not even taking pains to "hide its agenda to drive out Christians by the year 2025," as some of his key advisors were reportedly bragging about the persecution of the Christian community. It has already forced U.S.-based NGO and Christian ministry Compassion International to shutter earlier this year in India, blocking thousands of children's access to food, medical service, and educational aid.

Reacting to Modi's official visit to the White House, Curry said U.S. President Donald Trump has the chance to help the persecuted Christians in India elsewhere. Considering that the American leader had been talking about religious liberty, he is now being urged to act fast to translate his words into action before it is too late.

India currently ranks number 15 on Open Doors' 2017 World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians. With the rise in the number of incidents of violence against Christians, it is hoped that the Trump administration will do something to hold his Indian counterpart accountable for it.