Upcoming Election in India Brings Fear, Insecurity for Christians amid Unrelenting Persecution

Report shows uptick in attacks last year compared with 2012.

Narendra Modi (second from left) in photo from poster at 2006 Hindu nationalist rally in Gujarat. (Morning Star News)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – With a report showing Christians in India faced at least 151 attacks last year, predictions that a Hindu nationalist party will win a general election beginning in April are stoking fears of more violence. The New Delhi-based Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI), which released its “Partial List of Atrocities on […]

Anti-Christian Violence Detailed in Hearing Calling for Filling of Religious Freedom Post

Author calls Orissa violence worst pogrom against Christians of 21st century.

USCIRF Commissioner Elliott Abrams. (Gage Skidmore)

LOS ANGELES, February 11, 2014 (Morning Star News) – The worst anti-Christian pogrom of the 21st century has come not from Islamic extremists but from Hindu nationalists in India, an expert told a hearing in which U.S. President Barack Obama was challenged to quickly fill a key religious freedom post. John L. Allen, Jr., author […]

Hindu Extremists Accused of Killing Pastor in Andhra Pradesh, India

Seven of eight suspects arrested after Christians protest.

The Rev. Orucanti Sanjeevi with family members. (Morning Star News via Sanjeevi family)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – The gang that knocked on the door of a pastor’s home in Andhra Pradesh state and stabbed him to death earlier this month consisted of Hindu extremists, authorities said. State police have arrested seven of the eight members of the Hindu Vahini group accused of attacking pastor Orucanti Sanjeevi on […]

Police in India Slow to Investigate Torture, Killing of Christian Boy

Hindu extremists issued death threats, father says.

Anugrag Gemethi in Sunday school.(Morning Star News)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – The father of a 7-year-old boy tortured and killed last week in India’s Rajasthan state said police are ignoring his suggestions on possible suspects – Hindu extremists who have long threatened to kill him. “For the 10 years I have been a Christian, some local Hindu extremists have threatened to […]

Conviction of Christians for Murder of Hindu Leader in India Biased, Unfounded: Attorneys

Evidence insufficient for conviction of seven sentenced to life in prison.

Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, whose murder set off persecution of Christians. (Wikipedia)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – The sentencing of seven Christians this month to life in prison for the murder that triggered anti-Christian riots in India’s Orissa state resulted from a biased and unfounded conviction, Christian attorneys and leaders said. Maoists have twice claimed responsibility for the Aug. 23, 2008 murder of Hindu leader Laxmanananda Saraswati […]

Police in India Rebuke, Threaten Pastor for Reporting Vicious Beating

Hindu extremists knock Bible student unconscious three times.

Carving on a Hindu temple in Malhar Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, from 10th or 11th century. (Wikipedia)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Police in Chhattisgarh state last week chastised and threatened a pastor when he reported that Hindu extremists beat a Bible student unconscious, area Christians said. After drunken Hindu extremists beat 23-year-old Shyam Sunder unconscious with a plow head three times – twice reviving him with water and continuing the beating […]

Persecution News, One Year Later

Shining light amid vast darkness.

Auschwitz-birkenau main track, the destiny of Christians if persecution continues. (Morning Star News via C. Puisney)

Today, Sept. 30, marks one year since Morning Star News began distributing news of Christians persecuted for their faith. We had planned to debut the only independent news service exclusively covering persecution of Christians on Oct. 1, 2012, but when a grenade blast at a church in Nairobi, Kenya killed a 9-year-old boy and injured […]

Persecution of Christians Rockets in Karnataka, India

Hindu extremists drag woman to temple in effort to ‘reconvert’ her.

Church members visit Sannamma as police take her statement of persecution. (Morning Star News)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Incidents of violence against Christians in India’s Karnataka state have spiked since June, including hospitalization of a school helper this month after Hindu extremists beat her and marched her through the streets. Hindu extremists kicked and punched the 50-year-old Christian woman, who goes by the single name of Sannamma, after […]

Christian Widows in India Beaten for Refusing to ‘Reconvert’ to Hinduism

One left homeless; another dragged to Hindu temple, left unconscious.

Hindu extremists beat Christian widow Doddamma unconscious. (Morning Star News)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – When Laxmi Sovi, a Christian widow in India’s Chhattisgarh state, heard her door opening one morning last month, she could not have guessed that by the next day she would be hospitalized and her home demolished. Three Hindu extremists identified only as Veeru, Chaytu and Mangru barged into Sovi’s house […]

Hindu Extremists Attack Pastor’s Mother in India

Assailants threaten to ‘cut to pieces’ ministry leader, wife.

Vishaal Behl of Fire of God Ministries. (Morning Star News photo from fireofgodm.org)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Reena Behl answered the doorbell of the home she shares with her son and his wife in Rajasthan state at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Aug. 13), and four men wearing motorcycle helmets demanded to see her son, a pastor. Because of the helmets, the 51-year-old resident of Rajapark, Jaipur, could […]