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Shimla Church - Photo: Wikipedia / Knipptang
One of the few churches
in Himachal Pradesh.
Photo: Wikipedia / Knipptang (c)

The Indian state of Himachal Pradesh passed new legislation on August 30th to prevent any religious conversion that may come about through force, fraud or inducement. According to the new law, when someone intends to convert to a religion, they must give the district magistrate and appropriate religious leaders one month's notice. Those found guilty of converting others under the new law could face up to seven years in prison.

While forced conversion is rightly opposed, laws such as these have been used against other means of conversion, particularly when converting away from Hinduism. The unspecified term "inducement" is frequently used against Christians. Militants have often attacked Christian leaders and then, when facing the legal repercussions, falsely claimed that these followers of Christ were involved in conversions. For more information on the difficulties facing India's Christians, go to our country report.

Uphold the Christians in Himachal Pradesh as they face this potential new threat. May anyone who seeks to share the reason for their hope in Christ be granted God's wisdom, direction and protection. As for church leaders and others presently experiencing legal ramifications for proclaiming the Gospel, ask the Lord to encourage them and mediate on their behalf. Despite the hurdles Christians throughout India may encounter, pray that many others in their communities will come to faith in Him.

Current Ministry Projects

VOMC VOMC assists persecuted Christians with legal support and rehabilitation assistance, and cares for children of martyrs by providing them with a safe place to be nurtured physical and spiritually. VOMC also partners to equip Christians in India with Biblical training and works to strengthen and support marginalized and persecuted Christian women. Additionally, VOMC helps to provide medical assistance to believers who have faced injuries after being attacked.”

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

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
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)

Leader
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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