The highest court in India has ordered the government to provide details of reported attacks on Christians across eight states.
Christians are reported to have been targeted in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
At a hearing on 1 September, Supreme Court justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli asked the Ministry of Home Affairs to verify the allegations.
The court order follows reports of Christians being attacked over 500 times in 2021 and the submission of a joint petition in March by the Archbishop of Bangalore, the National Solidarity Forum, United Christian Forum and Evangelical Fellowship of India calling for an end to the violence.
The Indian government responded to the reports by claiming that they were unfounded and “self-serving”.
Despite its rebuttals,…