Christians and Cows in India
McDonald’s restaurants in India do not serve beef in their burgers. Instead they sell vegetarian products, as well as chicken and fish.
Cows are respected and protected in India because they are honored in the Hindu religion and because they are useful to rural families. About 80 percent of the people in India are Hindus, though there are also more than 20 million Christians. Laws in some parts of the country forbid killing or eating cattle.
(Photo: Cattle in Uttar Pradesh, India, near the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is one of the world’s best- known landmarks.)
Radical Hindu “cow protection” groups attack people who sell or eat beef products, including Christians. Through social media, they encourage others to join their attacks. Sometimes the police protect the attackers from arrest after the attacks.
Read more about Christians in India below and in the book Bold Believers in India, available in the Downloads section.
What It Means to Follow Christ in India
Radical Hindu informants live in nearly every village and report on the activities of Christians, resulting in attacks and arrests. Christians in India are open and visible. When they are attacked, they often drop charges against their attackers to show forgiveness.
Churches have been demolished and burned, worship gatherings have been disrupted, crosses in graveyards have been vandalized, Bibles and other Christian literature have been confiscated and burned, and more pastors are being beaten and jailed.
Christians are often arrested and held for up to three weeks after being falsely accused of forcing Hindus to convert to Christianity. With assistance, they are usually able to post bail or show that the charges are unfounded. (Source: VOM’s Global Prayer Guide and Global Prayer Journal)