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 […]

Days after Police Brutality in Rajasthan, India, Hindu Extremists Attack in M.P.

Prime minister’s talk of religious freedom rings hollow, Christians say.

Pastor Kanhaiya Lal. (Morning Star News)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Days after police tortured 20 Christians in India’s northwestern state of Rajasthan, Hindu extremists in Madhya Pradesh struck two churches in four days. In central India’s Madhya Pradesh, where a law against forced or fraudulent conversions is routinely invoked to harass Christians – though none has ever been found guilty – members […]

Hindu Extremists Strive to Mortify, Malign Christians in Jharkhand State, India

Accusation of child molestation in one case, tearing of woman’s clothes in another.

Map of Jharkhand state, India. (CC by sa PlaneMad Wikimedia httpcommons.wikimedia.orgwikiFileIndia_Jharkhand_locator_map.svg)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Hindu extremists in India this month sought to shame and malign Christians, as four women were publicly beaten in one village and a teacher was falsely accused of child molestation in another, sources said. In India’s eastern state of Jharkhand, 11 assailants dragged four Christian women from their prayer meeting […]

Police in India Manhandle, Detain Protestors against Anti-Christian Attacks

Free speech muffled as officers quickly force demonstrators onto buses.

Demonstrators protest anti-Christian attacks on Feb. 5 in New Delhi. (Morning Star News)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Delhi police manhandled nuns, priests, lay leaders and human rights activists in temporarily detaining nearly 300 Christian protestors on Thursday (Feb. 5), sources said. More than 1,500 Christians had assembled peacefully at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi as part of a protest march against the targeting of churches […]

Hindu Extremist Mob Beats Christian House Church Leader near Mumbai, India

Welder among first to use new hotline for violence against Christians.

Pramod Sahu (center) was attacked at his workplace. (Morning Star News)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A Christian welder who oversees a home fellowship near Mumbai is on pain-killers with chest and back injuries after some 25 Hindu extremists on Jan. 24 beat him with iron bars, sources said. Threatening to kill him if he continued preaching and practicing his faith, members of the Hindu extremist […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2014

For once, good news – miraculous righting of horrific injustice in Sudan – tops list.

Meriam Ibrahim with family after her release on June 23. (Shareif ali Shareif)

(Morning Star News) – In a year that saw a new level of cruelty unleashed upon Christians and other religious minorities across Syria, Iraq and Africa, one once obscure case of injustice in Sudan turned into a titanic battle that gripped the world’s attention. The battle appeared to be spiritual as much as legal. 1 – […]

Controversy over ‘Reconversions’ in India Leads to Proposal to Outlaw Conversions

Government also proposes alternative holiday to Christmas.

Baptism of a convert to Christianity at an undisclosed viillage in India. (Christian Aid Mission)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A Hindu nationalist drive to “reconvert” non-Hindus over the Christmas season foundered, but protests against the campaign led to an unexpected consequence: a proposal to ban on all conversions except “reconversions” to Hinduism. During an Advent season that saw the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi propose a “Good […]

Christmas Season Brings Christianity under Renewed Attack in India

Violence, arrests and Hindu extremist ‘reconversion’ events bring tensions.

Somnath Temple in Gujarat, India. (Wikipedia)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christmas-related anti-Christian violence and harassment have begun as Hindu extremists undertake an aggressive effort to “reconvert” tribal people to Hinduism, sources said. Police arrested and Hindu extremists attacked Christians in three Christmas-related incident in three states the past two weeks. “Christians in India are apprehensive of having a peaceful Christmas […]

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