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Attacks on Christians rise sharply after anti-conversion law proposed

KARNATAKA, India — Attacks on Christians in Karnataka state and on their places of worship have risen sharply since a proposed anti-conversion law was announced Sept. 29, reports International Christian Concern.

Quoting The Indian Express, ICC says the government Assembly is expected to approve the law in December.

However, Hindu radicals in Karnataka state are attacking Christians as if the proposal already is law. The ICC says anti-conversion laws currently in eight Indian states are widely abused to persecute Christians. Radial nationalists falsely accuse Christians of forcefully converting people to Christianity. The false accusations are used to justify harassing and assaulting Christians. Local police often overlook the attacks.

Referring to a report compiled on abuses, the ICC article says Karnataka state is India’s third highest (with 32 cases this year) for attacks on Christians and their places of worship. Chhattisgarh state (with 47 cases) is second and Uttar Pradesh state (with 66 cases) is first.

India is No. 10 on Open Doors’ 2021 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.

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