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 […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2016

Jihadists fight under the radar in Africa.

(Morning Star News) – While war in the Middle East dominated international headlines, Islamic extremists in the shadows were taking jihad to Christian civilians in Africa with unprecedented intensity in 2016. In Nigeria, Muslim ethnic Fulanis looked less like nomadic herdsmen and more like well-armed, well-funded jihadist militants. Close Muslim relatives and Islamist village mobs […]

Christian in Pakistan Jailed under Vindictive Blasphemy Charge, Sources Say

Separately, son of slain Punjab governor threatened.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Muslims in Pakistan have filed a blasphemy charge against a Christian in retaliation for refusing their demand that he and others cede church land to them, sources said.

Crack-Down on Christians in Nepal Hits Snag as Eight Are Acquitted

Court drops proselytism case against grief counselors.

(Morning Star News) – A court in Nepal yesterday acquitted eight Christians accused of attempting to convert children by means of a comic book, according to advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). The seven men and one woman were arrested in Charikot, Dolakha District in June as part of a crack-down on Christian activities in […]

Five Muslims Sentenced to Death in Pakistan for Brick Kiln Murders

Eight others receive two years in prsion.Impoverished couple accused of burning Koran.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A court in Lahore has handed the death sentence to five Muslims for torturing and killing an impoverished Christian couple over allegations of burning the Koran, sources said. Eight others charged in the attack were sentenced to two years in prison, sources said. Hundreds of villagers in Kot Radha Kishan, […]