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Christians attacked in India by Hindu extremists

April 8, 2024 by Chandler Peterson in Persecuted Christians in India

Persecuted Christians attacked in Chhattisgarh 

In Chhattisgarh, a state in central India, Christians account for about 2% of the state’s 25 million people. Recently, Chhattisgarh has seen an unprecedented number of attacks against Christians. 

“Hardly a day passes without a new report of attacks on Christians,” Arun Pannalal, a Christian leader, told GCR.  

Earlier this year, Christians living in the village of Gupanpal were summoned to a meeting where they were asked to forsake their faith in front of the whole village. When they refused, they were attacked with axes and knives.  

Although those responsible for the brutality were arrested, they faced only minor charges. Assailants of Christians often go unpunished, even for violent attacks. 

“Christians do not feel safe, even in their own homes,” Pannalal said. 

Just days after the violence in Gupanpal, members of a Hindu fundamentalist group called Bajrang Dal barged into a pastor’s home where an ordination ceremony was taking place. They attacked several pastors and killed one.  

“The savagery in Chattisgarh is meant to challenge the faith of the Christian community,” John Dayal, a Christian activist based in New Delhi, told GCR. “I have no doubt that such brutal violence and polarizing hatred comes from the highest political circles.”

In the video below, GCR’s Advocacy team recently testified before Congress about the increasing levels of Christian persecution sweeping the nation.

Persecuted Christians Attacked in Telangana 

In the state of Telangana, Christians have been subjected to numerous violent attacks. These onslaughts come amid rising Hindu nationalism that has empowered radicals to target religious minorities. Christians make up only about 1.5% of Telangana’s population and have historically lived peacefully alongside Hindus. But with so many Christians attacked in India, many find themselves living in fear. 

Recently, a mob of more than 150 Hindu extremists attacked a small church in the village of Janwada. They destroyed church property and brutally beat congregants with stones, weapons and bamboo sticks as they chanted Hindu nationalist slogans. More than 20 Christians were sent to the hospital, with three in critical condition. Not even women and children were spared. 

“Our believers were attacked and injured, and our Church was broken and desecrated,” said Naveen Solomon, pastor of the church. “Yet the police filed a case against us, putting charges as grave as attempted murder, even though there is not a scratch on the attackers.”  

He added that Christians have historically had a good relationship with their local community, so the attack came as a shock. 

Let’s come together to pray for Christians attacked in India. 

Dear Lord, we lift up persecuted believers in Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and across India. Please protect Christians there. Spare them from violence and let their testimonies reach those who have not yet come to accept You. 

Give them comfort and strength. As Romans 12 says, let suffering Christians in India “rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” In Your name we pray. Amen.

About the author
Chandler Peterson is a staff writer and editor for Global Christian Relief where she shares stories of Christian persecution. Read the latest Christian persecution stories on our website and learn more at

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