Police Complicit in Attack on Christians in West Delhi, India, Sources Say

Officers intervene only after Christians ‘beaten enough,’ pastor says.

Pastor Rajan Gill. (Morning Star News)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – After watching idly as a mob of Hindu extremists dragged Christians from a prayer meeting in West Delhi and beat them, police questioned those who were attacked as if they were guilty of fraudulent conversion, sources said. A mob said to be members of the Hindu extremist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh […]

Supreme Court of Pakistan Agrees to Hear Appeal of Christian Mother on Death Row

Execution of Asia Bibi suspended until final ruling.

Muslims in Pakistan clamor for Asia Bibi's death sentence to be upheld in 2010. (Pakistan Today)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Pakistan’s Supreme Court today agreed to review the case of a Christian mother sentenced to death on a blasphemy charge, temporarily suspending her execution. Aasiya Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, is the first woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan. The three-judge bench of the Supreme Court […]

Hindu Extremists Instigate Tribal People against Christians in Jharkhand, India

Five families and pastor threatened, banished.

RSS drill in Nagpur during a national camp in May 2011. (Ganesh Dhamodkar Wikimedia Commons)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christian families driven from their village in India’s Jharkhand state have returned home with police help, but tribal people instigated by Hindu extremists are still bent on expelling them, sources said. Hindu extremists last month mobilized tribal groups to banish the Christian families from Kullu village in Chanho Block, Ranchi […]

Catholic Educator Flees Pakistan amid ‘Hate Campaign’ by Islamic Extremists

Separately, judge upholds expulsion of Filipino nuns.

Bernadette L. Dean. (vmie.org.pk)

LAHORE, Pakistan, July 6, 2015 (Morning Star News) – In two cases raising the specter of religious profiling, Islamic extremist threats have forced a leading Catholic educator to flee Pakistan, and a judge has upheld the controversial expulsion of three Filipino nuns. Bernadette L. Dean, an educator on Sindh Province’s committee for curriculum and textbook […]

Islamic Cleric in Pakistan Arrested in Mob Attack on Christians Accused of Blasphemy

Rare instance of police intervention saves couple.

Rukhsana and Awais Qamar. (The Voice Society)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – In a rare move by Pakistani police, an Islamist cleric was taken into custody on Friday (July 3) for inciting a Muslim mob to try to kill a Christian couple for alleged desecration of the Koran, a police official said. Area residents and rights activists told Morning Star News that hundreds […]

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 […]