Religious persecution in India ‘significant’

Religious liberty advocates expressed concern about worsening persecution of Christians in India as President Trump praised the country and its leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his recent two-day visit.

India is No. 10 on Open Doors 2020 Watch List of the 50 countries where Christians suffer the most severe persecution, having risen from a 2013 ranking of 31 after Modi gained power in 2014 with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

“When you have a country that has significant human rights issues — not allowing their people to worship freely, is trying to force people into a Hindu system — I think that’s a significant problem and makes me question whether they’ll be the partner we hope they’ll be,” said Open Doors CEO David Curry. (BP)