In fact, violence went up in India in 2020 from 2019, despite a decrease in the number of reports we received from our local partners due to the travel restrictions created by COVID-19. While in 2019, our local partners received reports of 825 incidents of Christians facing persecution for their faith, in 2020 the total number of incidents was 698.
However, despite receiving fewer reports, the incidents that did get reported to Open Doors local partners in 2020 appear to show an increase in violence towards Christians in India. In 2019 eight murders were recorded, compared with 18 in 2020.
In 2019, 1,676 Christians were reported as being physically abused, while in 2020 there were 1,893 individuals who reported beatings.
And in 2019, there were 51 reports of homes or properties that belong to Christians that were damaged, while in 2020 there were 201 such reports.