Thirty-four incidents were reported in January 2021. Chhattisgarh took the lead with a total of 9 incidents followed by 7 incidents in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The incidents range from instances of physical assaults to threats and intimidations and arrests and detentions based on false police complaints.
However, the most striking issue in the month of January 2021 is the monumental rise in the number of FIRs registered against Christians in the states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh under the recent Anti-Conversion Ordinances, namely the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020 (U.P. Anti-Conversion Ordinance, 2020) and the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Ordinance, 2020.
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