Pastor in India Perseveres amid Persecution by Hindu Extremists

Assailants demand he renounce Christ for savage beating to end.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A band of Hindu extremists who had snuck into a house-church service beat a pastor with steel rods and sticks, one of them yelling that they would stop if he shouted, “Hail, Lord Ram [Jai Sri Ram]!” “I remained mum,” pastor Harjot Singh Sethi, 26, told Morning Star News. “I […]

Pastors in India Put Trust in God amid Persecution

Jailed, beaten church leaders keep their sights upward.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – As two Hindu extremists gripped his hands while others beat him last week in northern India, Pastor Amar Stephen was asking God to forgive them. “Some attackers were holding both my hands so I couldn’t move, while others in the mob beat me,” he told Morning Star News. “At that […]

Police Disingenuous in Hindu Extremist Assault on Pastors in Tamil Nadu, India, Sources Say

Officers arrest non-Hindu to hide religious motive for attack, sources say.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Hard-line Hindus used steel rods and a butcher’s knife to attack a father-son pastoral team in Tamil Nadu state, India, injuring the brain tissue of the elder clergyman, sources said. In Thyagaraja Nagar, in the Sirkali area of Nagapattinam District, 28-year-old pastor Daniel Jebraj was returning home on July 19 […]

Calling Worship ‘Unlawful Assembly,’ Police in Uttar Pradesh, India, Arrest Six Christians

Officers verbally, physically harass congregation.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Berating and slapping a pastor for reading the Bible instead of Hindu texts, police in Uttar Pradesh state, India last month detained six Christians under “unlawful assembly” laws for worshiping together, sources said. After traveling from Etah village to a church in nearby Pujaripurvah, the six Christians were detained for […]

Pastor in Punjab State, India Shot Dead

Hindu extremists suspected..

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A pastor in northern India’s Punjab state was shot dead in front of his church premises two months after Hindu extremists took offense at a gospel event celebrating his church’s 25th anniversary, sources said. Pastor Sultan Masih of Temple of God was found shot dead at Peer Banda Mohalla in the […]

Hindu Extremist Attack in Odisha State, India Ends in ‘Agreement’ Stopping Worship Services

Injured Christians forced to sign document.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – After an attack in eastern India in which a Christian was seriously injured, police and Hindus this month created an “agreement” – without participation of church members – effectively halting worship services, sources said. Church members were bullied into signing the agreement, they said. As a result, in the tribal […]

Christians Taking Children to Camp in India Charged with Kidnapping, Forced Conversion

One minor held for 25 days, another still in custody along with five adult volunteers.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Six Christians taking children to a Vacation Bible School camp in Madhya Pradesh state, India, remain in custody after police detained them last month on charges of kidnapping and forcible conversion, sources said. Also detained was a 15-year-old boy who was held in a juvenile detention center for nearly a […]

Christian Families in India Forced into Hindu Ritual, Denied Water

Village head allows Hindus to deprive, isolate Christians, they say.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Villagers in Uttar Pradesh state, India beat Christians, forced them to participate in Hindu rituals and have refused to provide them water, sources said. Four families who were attacked in Jalalabad village, Ghazipur District rely on the water to irrigate their fields, they said. “How will we survive if we […]

Church Building, Pastor’s Home Burned Down in Tamil Nadu State, India, Sources Say

Young hard-line Hindu men threatened Christian leader, he says.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Hard-line Hindus in southern India, upset that members of their caste-based group have become Christians, burned down a church building and the pastor’s home this month, sources said. After pastor John Muller and his pregnant wife left for a store on May 3, the assailants in Tamil Nadu state’s Attipattu […]

Pastor in India Loses Hearing from Assault by Hindu Extremists

Officials ignored his complaint of attack two months prior.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A pastor in eastern India’s Bihar state has lost his hearing after Hindu extremists assaulted him outside his home on church premises last month, sources said. Doctors at a Hajipur government hospital determined the loss of hearing and wounds on Pastor Sikandar Kumar’s body were a result of being beaten […]