My latest news story for Worldmag.com, focuses on Hindu extremism and persecution of Christians in India, and what the latest census shows about religious demographics there.
Missionaries in northern India say Hindu extremists are increasingly trying to entrap them with trumped-up accusations of forced conversions. But the rise in persecution isn’t dissuading true converts, who are turning to Christ in larger numbers, according to new census data.
People have the freedom to change their religion in India, but forced conversions are illegal.
“I received a call from this lady who said, ‘I have read about Christ, and I want to change my religion,’” said missionary Kanak Chauhan (not his real name). “She was pushing me to say something like, ‘I will help you to change your religion,’ and once I say that, it can become a problem in India.”