Hindu Extremist Sexually Assaults Pastor’s Wife at Church Service in India, Sources Say

After failed rape attempt and beating, police charge victim and her husband, sources say.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Pratibha Stephen was immersed in worship at the house church her husband pastors in Tamil Nadu state, India when a man suddenly burst through the back door, shouting angrily. The intruder interrupted an elderly man’s singing and cymbal-playing by twisting his hands behind his back at the Jesus Power Ministries […]

Pastor in Hiding from Hindu Extremists – and Police – after Attack on His Church in India

Families terrorized in assault on congregation built on healing ministry.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Brandishing hockey sticks and a gun that was fired on house-church grounds, masked Hindu extremists assaulted Christians in Uttar Pradesh, India. After the July 2 assault that terrorized families and sent nine of about 50 injured Christians to the hospital for treatment, influential Hindus pressured police to file charges against […]

Arson Attacks Hit Churches in Tamil Nadu, India

Hindu extremists suspected.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Three church buildings were set ablaze in six weeks in the state in southern India with the most attacks against Christians this year, sources said. In one case, a church building in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state was burned to ashes after Christians refused to donate to an annual Hindu […]

Pressure on Christians Heats Up in Nepal

Various legal means invoked to harass pastors, others, sources say.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – In a rash of recent actions against Christians in Nepal, an alcoholic who became violent during an intervention had Christian leaders arrested on forcible conversion charges, and a foreign couple was deported. Isak Tamang of the Shreejanga Free Church and pastor Dip Rai of the Chengbung Free Church were arrested […]

Christians in Rajasthan, India Harassed with False Charges, Church Leaders Say

Jailed evangelists preach to would-be murderers.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – When evangelists in India were accused of fraudulent conversion in a village at a time when they were hundreds of miles from it, they knew powers beyond their control were at play. Pastor Kasiram Meghwal, 46, was leading his church in Choru, Rajasthan, 410 miles from the village near Khajuwala […]

Hindu Extremists Launch Multifaceted Attack on Pastor, Son in Southern India

Church leader threatened with execution.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Falsely accused of running a brothel, a badly beaten pastor in Tamil Nadu state jumped out of a moving car to save himself from Hindu extremists who were threatening to kill him. The hard-line Hindu mob had attacked pastor Jayaseelan Natarajan on June 20 as he and his son visited […]

Pastor in India Arrested while Securing Affidavits on Converts’ Faith

Hindu extremists threaten 16 Christians and their families.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A pastor in Uttar Pradesh state, India was filing affidavits stating that 16 people had become Christians of their own will this week when Hindu extremists came and accused him of forcible conversion – resulting in his incarceration. After manhandling and jailing 58-year-old Dependra Prakash Maleywar on Monday (June 18) […]

Christians Arrested at Wedding Site on ‘Forcible Conversion’ Charge in India, Relatives Say

Pastor, guest also jailed.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Two weeks ago a Christian couple in eastern India was about to get married, not knowing the bride’s father had filed a false complaint of forcible conversion against them, relatives said. As they were preparing for the wedding on May 28, police in Jharkhand state arrived at the site of […]

Police in Pakistan Kill Young Christian Man in Raid, Relatives Say

Officers notorious for filing false charges, then blackmailing the poor, they say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Poor Christians in Pakistan commonly see police target them for extortion on false charges, and last week such a case ended in the death of a 24-year-old Christian, relatives said. On the assumption that Christians with few legal resources can be targeted with impunity in the 96-percent Muslim country, policemen […]

Police Complicit in Hindu Extremist Persecution of Christians in Tamil Nadu, India, Sources Say

Officers refuse to help pastor’s mother suffering seizure in custody, they say.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – After three policemen in southern India interrupted a pastor as he preached this month, his 58-year-old mother accompanied him to the police station. Officers told them to sit on the floor. Pastor Paul Joshua’s mother, Florence Jacintha, would face worse treatment at Peelamedu police station in Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu […]