Muslim in Pakistan Bursts into Christian’s Home Alleging He Overheard Blasphemous Comment

Mentally disabled Pentecostal beaten, arrested.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian with a mental disability in Pakistan has been arrested under the country’s blasphemy law after a Muslim neighbor outside his home overheard him arguing inside, sources said. Francis Masih, older brother of 42-year-old Stephen Masih, said that Muslim neighbor Hafiz Mudassir on March 11 burst into their home […]

Churches Deprived of Their Worship Buildings in Tamil Nadu, India

Opposition where previously none existed.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Churches in Tamil Nadu, India that had never experienced opposition now find Hindu extremists forcing them out of their places of worship, sources said. In one case Hindu extremists called praying women prostitutes and threatened to kill them; in another case near Chennai, the state capital, police went door-to-door with […]

Report Shows 57 Percent Jump in Aggression against Christians in India

Hate and targeted violence up first two months of year.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Cases of hate and violence against Christians in India increased 57 percent the first two months of this year compared with the same period last year, an advocacy group reported. The Evangelical Fellowship of India’s Religious Liberty Commission (EFIRLC) documented 77 incidents of hate and targeted violence against Christians in […]

Two Christians Killed in Separate States in India

Tribal animists are said to enlist Maoist rebels to kill converts.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A Christian in Chhattisgarh state, India who endured opposition for three years was killed on Feb. 12, a day after a convert who faced persecution in neighboring Odisha state was slain. In each case, villagers angry at the Christians for converting were said to have influenced Maoist guerrillas to kill […]

Christian Mother Facing False Accusation in India Is Transferred Far from Home, Sources Say

Mob rule increasingly common in world’s largest democracy.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Days after Hindu extremists in northern India marched in protest to file a false claim against a Christian mother, her government employer transferred her to a district more than 100 miles away, sources said. Members of a Hindu-awakening movement in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh state on Wednesday (Feb. 13) staged a […]

Christian in Sri Lanka Arrested after Reporting Threat on His Life, Watchdog Group Reports

False assault allegation filed against him, according to organization.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Police in Sri Lanka arrested a Christian who reported a Buddhist mob’s threat on his life, according to an advocacy group in the island country. In Nattandiya, in Sri Lanka’s North Western Province, six area Buddhists on Jan. 26 threatened to attack the Christian if he refused to stop inviting […]

Legal Struggle of Doctor Reflects Wider Harassment of Christians in India

Hindu extremist government reminded that practicing one’s faith is not unlawful.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Emergency medicine doctor Christo Thomas Philip was returning with his family to his native India from a medical conference in Greece when immigration officials at Delhi’s Indira Ghandi International Airport took him into custody. His deportation from India on that day, April 26, 2016, came after working for three years […]

Hindu Extremists Pressure Convert to File False Charge against Pastor in India, Sources Say

Across the border in Nepal, spike in persecution continues.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A pastor is facing criminal charges in northern India even though the complainant later denied allegations against the church leader of luring him to convert, sources said. Police in Rupaidiha village, Uttar Pradesh state on Jan. 28 arrested 40-year-old pastor Dharmendra Singh on a charge of “alluring to convert” and […]

Christian Acquitted of Blasphemy Charge after Two Others Sentenced to Death in Pakistan

Brothers accused of insulting Muhammad on website.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A judge in Pakistan has acquitted a Christian accused of blasphemy one month after two Christians were sentenced to death in an online blasphemy case, sources said. Kasur District Additional Sessions Judge Ijaz Ahmed Bosal dropped charges against Pervaiz Masih, 38, on Jan. 15 after prosecutors failed to submit any […]

Hindu Version of Feng Shui Leads to Demolition of Church Building in Southern India

Bibles set ablaze after extremists stop Christians’ van.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Hard-line Hindus on Jan. 9 tore down a church building in southern India because it was built on the west side of a village, which they said violated Hindu principles of placement and positioning, sources said. The Vastu Shastra architectural and planning principles, a Hindu version of Feng Shui, were […]