A mob of 25 thugs stormed a small prayer gathering in India’s Uttar Pradesh state. Around 40 Christians were at a pastor’s home on the village of Chapar last Thursday. The group of Hindus subjected the Christians to verbal abuse and physical assault. Bibles and church properties were damaged with six Christians needing medical attention.
The radicals threatened to kill the Christians if they continued to worship, according to a report by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).
It comes amid a worldwide upsurge in attacks against Christians in recent years.
A quarter of a billion Christians are being persecuted in countries including Afghanistan, Sudan, Sudan, Libya, North Korea, China and India, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told a review.
Asia Bibi, 54, a Pakistan Christian mum-of-five jailed for blasphemy, was acquitted in October, 2018 after eight years on death row.
She was convicted in 2010 over claims she insulted the Prophet Muhammad in a row with neighbours.
Britain refused a plea from her husband Ashiq Masih to give asylum to their family, who instead fled to Canada.
Last month, Pakistan’s Supreme Court rejected a challenge to Ms Bibi’s acquittal.
Mr Jeremy Hunt believes “post-colonial guilt” is making the UK blind to the plight of Christians around the world.
Last month, at at the launch of a government review into Christian persecution, he claimed 80 percent of people suffering religious persecution are Christians.
Mr Hunt said: “We want to banish the hesitation to look into this issue without fear or favour that may exist because of our imperial history.
“Because of concerns that some people might have in linking it with the activities of missionaries in the 19th century, to misguided imperialism.”
The review, which is expected to report back by Easter, will map the persecution of Christians in “key countries” in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.