India: Anti-Conversion Laws and Violence Against Christians

Representatives from 21 countries are calling on India’s governing officials to improve their protection of religious freedoms for vulnerable minority groups, including Christians. Human rights advocates are condemning the increase in violence, hate speech and anti-conversion laws throughout the country.

During this episode of Closer to the Fire, host Greg Musselman is joined by Rev. Nitin Sardar, who presently serves as the Director of Dinabandhu Ministries in central India. Rev. Sardar addresses the intensifying attacks on Indian followers of Jesus and discusses recent video footage showing violence against believers in Chhattisgarh State. In the midst of these growing dangers, together with the anti-conversion laws being used to target non-Hindus across the country, Rev. Sardar explains how it is becoming increasingly difficult for Christians to share the Gospel and carry out humanitarian work.

Date: December 2022
Length: 42:00

Show Notes
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In addition to providing persecuted Christians legal support and rehabilitation assistance, VOMC cares for children of martyrs by ensuring they have a safe home in which to be nurtured both physically and spiritually. VOMC also partners to equip Christians in India with Biblical training and offers specialized ministry to further strengthen and support marginalized, persecuted Christian women.

Project Funds: Families of Martyrs, Equipping the Saints, Legal Defence, Relief and Development, Women’s Ministry

Country Information


1,339,330,514 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Indo-Aryan (72), Dravidian (25), Mongoloid and other (3)

Religion (%)
Hinduism (79.8), Muslim (14.2), Christianity (2.3), Sikh (1.7), other (2)

President Ram Nath Kovind (2017)

Government type
Federal parliamentary republic

Legal system
Based on English common law; separate personal law codes apply to Christians, Hindus and Muslims.

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for India

Despite the intimidation and violence that have taken place in many of India's states, may Christians wisely yet unashamedly preach the Gospel. Pray that indigenous Christians and foreign missionaries will minister in ways that do not hint at fraudulent conversions, unmasking the intentions behind the anti-conversion legislation. Intercede for India's leaders, that they may reign with justice and righteousness.


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