Nun in Chhattisgarh, India Says Two Masked Men Bound, Raped Her

Christians protest official downplay of severity, religious motives of attack.

The Rev. Sebastian Poomattam, vicar general of Raipur Archdiocese. (St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Contrary to police reports, a nun with her face covered said yesterday at a press conference in Chhattisgarh state that two men raped her at a medical clinic in Raipur on Saturday (June 20). The unidentified, 47-year-old nun told media that two masked men entered her room at the Christ […]

Blasphemy Law Reform Drafted in Pakistan as Three More Christians Are Accused

‘Bad intent’ must be proven for conviction under new legislation.

Christians look on as Muslims carry out ritual prayer after council meeting over blasphemy accusation in church building. (Morning Star News)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The Pakistani government has finished drafting a bill to combat abuse of blasphemy laws to which three Christians in the past month alone have fallen prey, sources said. In Nankana Sahib District of Punjab Province, a Muslim accused a 94-year-old Christian landowner of blaspheming Islam in retaliation for the landowner’s attempt […]

Islamic Mob Attacks Houses, Church over ‘Blasphemy’ Accusation in Pakistan

Mentally challenged Christian accused of burning papers containing koranic verses.

Doors of two Christian houses broken by Muslim mobs in Lahore, Pakistan. (Morning Star News)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Christians in Lahore are on edge after hundreds of Muslims attacked houses and a church building on Sunday night (May 24) in response to accusations that a Christian set fire to papers with koranic verses on them. Chaudhry Alam Masih, a resident of Dhoop Sari in Lahore’s Sandha area, told Morning […]

Hindu Extremist Attack in Assam State, India Depletes Village of Christians

Church members flee area after mob assault on men, women and children.

Nimai Rabha, beaten in attack in Assam state, India. (Morning Star News)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Church members have fled a village in northeast India after a vicious attack this month that seriously injured at least three Christians, including a 7-year-old girl. A mob of about 100 Hindu extremists armed with swords, bamboo sticks and stones attacked Christians who were eating after a service at 8 p.m. on […]

Bones Broken in Attack on Evangelistic Gathering in Telangana State, India

Christian leaders file formal complaint of police inaction.

Sangameshwar Temple at Alampur, Mahabubnagar District, Telangana state. (Suman Amarnath, Wikipedia)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christians sustained broken bones and wounds when Hindu extremists on April 8 attacked an open-air gospel event in Telangana state, India, sources said. Police initially refused to help church members after the mob of about 100 Hindu extremists seriously injured four Christians in the attack in Pebbair, Mahabubnagar District, they […]

Police in Pakistan Deny Christian Youth’s Statement on Who Attacked, Killed Him

Official denies boy’s declaration that two Muslims set him ablaze because of his faith.  

The body of Nauman Masih, 14, at his funeral. (The Voice Society)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian boy in Pakistan told police two Muslims set him on fire because of his faith before he died from his burns Wednesday (April 15), according to a human rights advocate, but police denied taking the statement. Nauman Masih, 14, told police in Lahore that two masked men on […]

Hindu Extremists Block Good Friday Service, Beat Christians in Uttar Pradesh, India

Pastor ordered to vacate rented property.

Pastor Daniel Singh at Salvation for Asia Church in Swar, Uttar Pradesh. (Morning Star News)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Under pressure from Hindu extremists, local officials kept a church from meeting on Good Friday (April 3) in India’s Uttar Pradesh state and ordered the pastor to vacate the property, the church leader said. Pastor Daniel Singh of Salvation for Asia Church in Swar, near Rampur, told Morning Star News his two-year […]

Christians in Haryana, India Hit with Beatings, Official Opposition, Discrimination

Christian loses his job after Hindu extremists publically revile his faith.

Painting from northern India, cerca 1700, of Hanuman god. (Wikipedia)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A rash of anti-Christian attacks this month hit Haryana state in northern India, where a new chief minister spoke against Christians and 45 were severely beaten at a burial service. A mob of more than 700 Hindu extremists on March 6 assaulted the 45 Christians as they began burial rites […]

Incidents against Christians in India Jump 55 Percent Under Modi, EFI Figures Show

Hostile tone of Hindu nationalist government emboldens Hindu extremists.

Lists of incidents against religious minorities at protest in New Delhi. (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – The number of incidents against Christians in India has increased 55 percent since Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi became prime minister in May 2014, according to figures from the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI). During a protest by religious minorities near India’s Parliament House on Thursday (March 19), rights activist and […]

Rape of Elderly Nun in India Premeditated, Police Report Indicates

Gunmen deliberately targeted Christianity, church leaders say.

Ranaghat railway station, West Bengal

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – The rape of an elderly nun in West Bengal was a planned part of an attack on a Christian institution and not merely an after-thought in a robbery as portrayed in mainstream media, Christian leaders say. A police report submitted to the state government said the suspects in the incident […]