The United Christian Front (UCF) said on Friday that 2021 was the “most violent” year for Christians in India, as 486 incidents of violence against the community were recorded in the country.
“The national slogan of ‘Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas’ has turned out to be a hollow and rhetorical bell for the Christian minority population of India. The steady year-over-year increase in violence against the peace-loving community has escalated over the past quarter to alarming numbers, ”the United Christian Front said in a statement.
Citing reports recorded on the UCF hotline, the Front in its statement gave a monthly number of incidents of violence against Christians. The statement said November and December witnessed 104 incidents as if to “warn Christians not to celebrate Christmas.”
He said the atmosphere of hatred propagated by certain actions and speeches of certain groups and the false propaganda of fraudulent and seductive means of conversion, including the enactment of laws in the name of freedom of religion, appear to encourage anti-social elements to do it. .
Citing reports recorded on the UCF hotline, the front said that incidents of violence against Christians have increased sharply since the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014. According to its report 127, 142, 226, 248 , 292, 328, 279 and 486 incidents were reported in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, respectively.
The Front said four states in northern India – Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh – recorded 274 incidents of violence against Christians. “Signaling that practicing one’s faith, especially for Christians, in these states is becoming dangerous, it could also mean that state authorities are failing to ensure an atmosphere conducive to all of its citizens equally,” he said. -he adds.
Over the past seven years, Uttar Pradesh has recorded the highest number of incidents of violence against Christians. The state recorded 102 incidents.
The statement further states that in nearly all of the incidents reported across India, vigilante groups made up of religious extremists were seen either breaking into a prayer rally or rounding up people they believe are involved in forced religious conversions.
The Front called on the police for the inability to investigate and prosecute the crowds and the culprits. He said this was despite a series of instructions to the government of the Supreme Court of India led by former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra to stop the horrific acts.