Christians in India are facing mob violence almost every single day and an upcoming election season could create even more danger.
India is the world's largest democracy, where religious freedom for Christians is supposedly protected in a Hindu-dominated country under Article 25 in the Indian Constitution.
Yet more and more Christians are being falsely accused under anti-conversion laws.
In one recent case, Pastor Balu Saste, his wife, his son, and members of his church were attacked by a mob. Instead of being protected by police, he and his family were convicted of forced conversions and are now awaiting word on their court appeal.
Andreas Thonhauser with ADF International, a global human rights organization, says nobody should be persecuted because of their faith.
“And people like Pastor Balu and his family, they're just trying to serve their small community of Christian believers,” he says. “But we have case like this everywhere in India."
Thonhauser tells OneNewsNow that violence is on the rise in India, the Indian government has been urged to take action to protect Christians, but believers don’t feel safe.
“And now with the upcoming elections in India,” he warns, “this year we even fear that the violence will increase because it's a way also of mobilizing radicals."