NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Police in India’s remote Tripura state are backing away from earlier statements that the Christian faith of a convert from Hinduism was a factor in his murder. Days after the beheaded body of 35-year-old Tapas Bin was found in a stream in the Teliamura area of West Tripura District on [...]
Investigator also denies tribal ritual took place before slaying; a more senior officer says it did.
Tensions high where candidate who lost election strives to incite violence.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Muslim political candidate suspected of murdering a Christian has instigated calls from mosque loudspeakers for attacks on Christians, whom he blames for his May 11 election loss. Tensions were high in Punjab Province’s Okara district after provincial assembly seat candidate Mehr Abdul Sattar, sought by police in connection with [...]
At least five Christians injured, two seriously, in Muslim aggression following dispute among youths.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Incited by calls from mosque loudspeakers after a dispute between Muslim and Christian youths, a Muslim mob attacked a Christian neighborhood in Gujranwala today, injuring at least five Christians and damaging a church and dozens of shops and vehicles. Only a few hours after Pakistan’s Supreme Court rebuked Punjab Police [...]
Beaten, tortured Christian spent 7.5 years in jail.
LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – A court in Pakistan today overturned the death sentence of a Christian convicted under Pakistan’s “blasphemy” laws and ordered him released, according to an advocacy group. Younis Masih, who has languished in jail since his arrest on Sept. 10, 2005, was declared innocent by Lahore High Court justices Khaja Amtiaz [...]
Government promises leave residents of Joseph Colony empty.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Christians living in tents here after Muslims destroyed more than 175 homes following a blasphemy accusation are disillusioned that authorities have not compensated them, but for some the greatest pain is what cannot be replaced. “I am still unable to recover from the trauma after seeing my house burnt [...]
Extremists in three states put Hindu nationalism, tribal custom over religious freedom.
NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christians suffered serious head injuries, expulsion from home and incarceration based on false witness as Hindu extremists continued their reign of terror in India this month, sources said. In the southern state of Kerala, some 100 Hindu extremists on March 10 attacked a Brethren Assembly church service in Chirayinkeezzh [...]
Authorities order police to allow rampage, but arrest 150 Christians for protesting.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Muslim mobs upset over an alleged derogatory comment about the prophet of Islam burned down more than 180 Christian-owned houses and shops and at least two church buildings here on Saturday (March 9) after authorities told police to “let them vent their grief and anger,” officials said. Lahore’s impoverished [...]
Political, religious and societal dynamics favor the murderers of 65-year-old tortured to death.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The murderers of a 65-year-old Christian in Pakistan are not likely to face justice in this world. A miasma of political and religious dynamics makes it unlikely. A Pakistani court has ordered a judicial inquiry into the death of Niyamat Masih, who died in police custody from torture. Officers tortured [...]
Complainant withdraws statement, but accused still faces charge, threat of violence.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – In a rare instance in Pakistan, a judge granted bail to a pastor accused of blaspheming Islam because the complainant admitted that he had mistakenly accused him, attorneys said. Karma Patras, a 55-year-old pastor of Bado Malhi, Sangla Hill, had been languishing in Sheikhupura District Jail since October after [...]