Thirty-two Catholic seminarians were arrested in India’s central Madhya Pradesh as they went door-to-door in a rural village singing Christmas carols. While they were later released from custody, one priest still faces prosecution for “forcible conversion.” Allied lawyers of ADF International are currently reviewing the case.

A toll-free hotline of The United Christian Forum, an Indian advocacy group working alongside ADF International, reported more than 700 cases of attacks on Christians since 2014. In 2017 alone, 216 incidents have occurred.

“Nobody should be persecuted because of their faith,” said ADF International Executive Director Paul Coleman. “In India, we see an increasingly hostile climate toward religious minorities. Anti-conversion laws fuel this sentiment and pave the way for the so-called Hindutva ideology, which seeks to purge India of all non-Hindus. Sadly, the case of the Christmas carol singers is not an isolated incident. The international community needs to wake up to what is happening in India.”

Read a summary of United Christian Forum helpline cases.