Police, Local Officials Complicit in Buddhist Attacks in Sri Lanka, Report Indicates

Worship services ordered to stop.

(Morning Star News) – Police and local officials in Sri Lanka declined to recognize Buddhist aggression against churches and in some cases encouraged persecution of Christians in the first four months of the year, a report indicates. Police initially refused to register a case when a mob led by Buddhist monks assaulted the pastor of […]

Christians Accused in Killings in Pakistan Tortured, Pressured to Recant Faith

42 suspects in lynching of Muslims offered freedom if they convert to Islam.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Relatives of jailed Christians in Pakistan said police who tortured the prisoners offered freedom if the detainees converted to Islam, and that a public prosecutor made the same offer in exchange for bail. The accusations come days after the government of Pakistan decried forced conversions of people of minority faiths. […]

Young Christian Shot Dead in Streets of Sheikhupura, Pakistan

Muslim threatened him after sweeper refused his order.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A young Christian sanitation worker was gunned down in Pakistan on March 20 for refusing an influential Muslim’s order to clean his outhouse on his day off, sources said. Noman Munir Masih, 20, of Sheikhupura in Punjab Province, was the sole breadwinner of his Pentecostal family after his father died […]

Police Compliant in Hindu Extremist Attacks in Bihar State, India

Radicals order officer not to interfere with assault.

NEW DEHLI (Morning Star News) – Police in Bihar state this month obeyed Hindu extremist orders not to interfere as they beat a pastor and a Bible college student, sources said. The Hindu extremists in the eastern state of India lured Assemblies of God pastor Ajay Kumar and a trainee to a marketplace in Begusarai on […]

Christian Teenager Charged with Blasphemy in Pakistan Waits in Jail

Image posted on Facebook without his consent, attorney says.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A 16-year-old Christian in Pakistan is languishing in jail under a baseless blasphemy charge after a judge declined to grant him bail this month, his attorney said. The judge in Punjab Province’s Kasur District on Feb. 7 denied bail to Nabeel Masih, who has been jailed since Sept. 18, 2016 […]

Christian in India Dies after Tribal Villagers Immerse Him, Wife in Cold Pond, Son Says

Head of family refused to deny Christ.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A Christian in Jharkhand state, India last month succumbed to illnesses incurred when villagers immersed him and his wife in frigid water because they refused to deny Christ, relatives said. Upset that his family had left their indigenous religion, tribal residents of Kubuaa village, Palamu District immersed Bartu Urawn and […]

Christian, 70, Charged with Blasphemy in Pakistan as 106 Muslims Are Acquitted

Separately, Christian on death row freed on bail.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A 70-year-old Christian in Pakistan was jailed on blasphemy charges on the same day 106 Muslims accused in a 2013 attack on a Christian colony were acquitted. A mosque leader in the Lambanwali area north of Gujranwala, Punjab Province, on Jan. 28 accused Mukhtar Masih of writing two letters containing […]

Pastor in India Assaulted by Hindu Extremists

Police remove reference to Hindu nationalist group from his statement.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A week after a pastor fell into a coma following harassment by hard-line Hindus in southern India, a gang of Hindu extremists in the same state beat another pastor after he prayed for healing at the home of an elderly church member, family members said. Police altered the statement of […]

Pastor in India in Hiding after Police, Hindu Extremists Assault Him

Once-thriving church shuttered.

NEW DELHI, January 26, 2017 (Morning Star News) – Months after Hindu extremists and police attacked a revival meeting in northern India and shut down a church, one pastor is in hiding, and officers prohibit another from praying with members of the scattered congregation in their homes. Members of the once-thriving church, where evangelistic events […]

Christian in India Suffers Hemorrhage from Hypertension after Bullying, Sources Say

Doctor, police suspect high blood pressure led to bleeding in brain.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A doctor who treated a Christian who suffered a brain hemorrhage here after Hindu extremists badgered him and took him to a police station on Saturday (Jan. 21) told Morning Star News that hypertension may have caused the bleeding. K.A. Swamy, 47, fell into a coma hours after the Hindu […]