INDIA: Campaign of Violence Against Churches
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke his months long silence amid increasing criticism that his administration was apathetic toward recent anti-Christian attacks across the country.Speaking at a gathering of Christians in New Delhi Modi said his government would ensure that there was complete “freedom of faith and that everyone has the undeniable right to retain or adopt the religion of his or her choice”.
“I condemn all incidents of violence where religious minorities were targeted,” Modi told an event organised by the Christian community.
“No religious group can incite violence … my government will ensure there is complete freedom of faith.”
However, Modi did not specifically mention attacks on Christian churches and institutions, which Christian leaders say have increased since his right-wing Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power last May.