Indian Christians experienced almost as many attacks in the first half of 2017 as they did in the entire year of 2016. That’s according to a new report from the persecution watchdog organization Open Doors. According to the report, there were 410 reported incidents targeting Indian Christians in the first six months of this year. Last year, there were 441 reported incidents total.

Eighty-four of those incidents were violent assaults. Of those 84 violent attacks, 32 would have been deadly if timely medical-aid had not been provided.  One partner told Open Doors the Indian government fails to punish attackers, which emboldens them to target Christians even more.  “When Christians are beaten up by extremists, they are injured mostly on their heads or vital body parts. READ MORE