Christian Converts in India (2004)

A Question of Faith: Hindu fundamentalists use tough political tactics and violence to curb the growing number of Christian conversions.

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The Dalits are the poorest and most marginalised group in Indian society. But the arrival of Christian missionaries gave them new hope. By converting to Christianity, they hoped to escape a lifetime of persecution. “The Hindus treat us like animals,” says one converted Christian. “Life is better as a Christian.” But the leading Hindu party in Gujarat sees the conversion movement as little more than ‘religious terrorism’. Missionaries now face huge restrictions and have to obtain permission from a magistrate to work. But with so few options available to Dalits, it seems unlikely that government legislation will slash the conversion rate.

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