Christian women facing persecution in India

A review and recommendations


  • Jayakumar Ramachandran


Discrimination, violence, patriarchy, Hindu fundamentalism, freedom of religion, India


Christian women face many forms of discrimination in India, but India is also one of the world’s most troublesome countries with regard to the treatment of women generally. It is thus important to distinguish, within the double persecution that women face, when they are suffering as Christians and when they are targeted simply for being women. This article gives examples of Christian women in India who have been persecuted exclusively for their faith, for both their faith and their gender, or not at all. It then explores identifiable causes of the persecution of Christians and offers suggestions as to how the church should respond.