Thousands Protest Persecution of Christians in India
The Fellowship | July 19, 2018
As The Fellowship continues our push to end Christian Persecution, we’d like to share a story of Christians who are protesting the harassment and hatred they face. UCANews provides this story of 10,000 Christians in India who formed a 20-kilometer chain to protest persecution because of their faith:
About 10,000 Christians in eastern India’s Jharkhand state formed a 20-kilometer human chain to protest what they call the state-sponsored harassment of Christians and a hate campaign against them.
The mostly indigenous Christians say their government, run by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has developed policies to take away their rights and land.
Braving heavy rain on July 15, women, children and elderly from different churches joined the human chain after their Sunday services.
Protests were held in Ranchi, Gumla, Simdega, Bokaro, Jemshedpur and Khunty by people shouting slogans against state government moves.
“Catholic nuns, priests, pastors are attacked and jailed. Their institutions are searched. They are accused of every wrong that takes place in the state,” said organizer Prabhakar Tirkey, president of ecumenical Christian forum Rashtriya Isai Mahasangh…