Persecution of Christians in India Increases Dramatically in First Half of 2016

Violence on track to far exceed cases in 2014 and 2015.

UDAIPUR, India (Morning Star News) – At least 134 incidents of violence against Christians in India were carried out in the first half of 2016 alone, compared with 147 incidents in all of 2014 and 177 in 2015, according to an independent report. The Evangelical Fellowship of India’s Religious Liberty Commission (EFIRLC) notes that cases chronicled […]

Police in India Threaten to Fine Christians Attacked by Hindu Extremists

Villagers deprive impoverished Dalits of state benefits.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A month after a crowd of village Hindus in Jharkhand state, India summoned 25 Christians, tied up six of them and beat them with sticks, some of the assailants ran into one of the Christians and asked if he was still worshipping Christ. The Hindu extremists in Hunter village, Palamu […]

Hindu Extremists in India Beat 66-Year-Old Pastor Unconscious

Christians should be tried for ‘sedition,’ official says.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A church in northern India remains closed more than a month after four masked Hindu extremists stormed a worship meeting and beat a 66-year-old pastor unconscious. After prayer and song at his church in Naupur, Jaunpur District, Uttar Pradesh state on May 22, pastor Lalta Ram stood up to preach […]

No Anti-Christian Motive Seen in Killing of Pastor in India

Questions remain in murder of ministry leader in Jharkhand state.

UDAIPUR, India (Morning Star News) – The man who admitted to killing the Rev. Abraham Biswas Surin in northeastern India this month appears to have had no religious motive, sources said. In Jharkhand state, where Hindu nationalist persecution of Christians has become commonplace, Christian organizations mounted protests calling for a quick and impartial investigation into the […]

Hard-line Hindus in India Burn Christian, Set Fire to Houses of Others in Chhattisgarh

Assailants twice drive families out of village.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – After deciding their gods were angry at them because neighbors had become Christians, Hindu villagers in Chhattisgarh state last month attacked 28 Christians, drove them from their homes and set their houses on fire, sources said. Christians in Katholi village, Kanker District who were beaten and twice chased out from […]

Hindu Extremists in Uttar Pradesh, India Torture Christian Convert

On same day in another area, 57-year-old pastor beaten.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Police in India initially declined to take action after Hindu extremists tortured one Christian and severely beat another, sources said. In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Hindu extremists in Tewardih, Varanasi who have long insisted that a 30-year-old convert from Hinduism, Joginder Gold, stop worshipping Christ took him to […]

Hindu Extremists on Motorcycles Chase Down Pastor in Northern India

In eastern India, new convert undeterred by assault.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Late one morning in northern India last month, pastor Ram Prakash, 42, was riding his motorcycle home when he noticed men on three motorcycles shouting obscenities as they followed him. The pastor had just visited four Christian families that day, March 24, praying with them at their homes in Karoate […]

Persecuted Pastor in Uttar Pradesh, India Keeps Sights on Christ

Elsewhere, a congregation also stands strong in face of opposition.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Hindu extremists have vandalized his shop, threatened to kill him, attacked his wife and daughter, forced him to bow to Hindu idols and broken his hand, but a pastor in northern India is holding fast to Christ. “The best thing that has happened to me is Jesus,” the 55-year-old pastor, […]

Humiliating Attack in India Tests Young Pastor’s Faith

Hindu extremists accused of beating, shaving, parading him through streets.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A pastor in northern India who was beaten and paraded through streets with his head half-shaved as crowds called for him to be cut to pieces said he is thankful that he was counted worthy to suffer for the name of Christ. On Friday (Jan. 29) Hindu extremists posing as […]

Police Break Spine of One Christian, Nose of Another in Tamil Nadu, India

Ministry workers disparaged for their faith, severely beaten.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Police hostility toward Christians continued this year as officers in Tamil Nadu, India reviled two Christians for their faith and seriously injured them, sources said. The two Christians, A. Rethinakumar and C. Nova of Jesus Redeems Ministry, were traveling by motorcycle in Thomas Nagar on Nov. 3 at about 2:30 […]