Christians in Nepal Suspect Hindu Extremists in Sudden Attacks on Churches

Perpetrators remain free, while six Christians jailed on unrelated charges.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christians in Nepal are alarmed after this month’s sudden series of arson and bomb attacks on four church buildings, and church leaders suspect authorities are lax in investigating. At the same time, six Christians were arrested for evangelizing while suspected Hindu extremists launched attacks on three church buildings and bombed […]

Hindu Extremists’ Level Spurious Accusation of ‘Conversion Racket’ in India, Sources Say

Police officers beat, ridicule Christians.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Christians in eastern India were worshipping on April 29 when Hindu extremists attacked and had them arrested on baseless accusations of operating a “conversion racket,” sources said. Three of seven Christians arrested have been in jail since then, and yesterday a judge in Danapur, Bihar state, rejected their plea for […]

Gunmen Execute Gruesome Killing of Pastor in Jharkhand State, India

Maoists take responsibility, but Christians see hand of Hindu extremists.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Maoists took responsibility for the gruesome slaying of a pastor in eastern India last night (May 1), but area Christians said they suspected Hindu extremists put them up to it. Abraham Topno, pastor of Pentecostal Church of God, was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in Ranchi District, Jharkhand state, who slit […]

‘Anti-Conversion’ Bill Becomes Law in Uttarakhand State, India

Northern state becomes seventh to put into effect legislation routinely used to jail Christians with baseless accusations.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Uttarakhand has become the seventh state in India to put “anti-conversion” legislation in force. Gov. Krishna Kant Paul on April 18 signed the “Freedom of Religion” bill (Dharma Swatantrata Adhiniyam), which the state Legislative Assembly passed. “The bill has been signed by the governor,” Ravi Bijarniya, assistant director for information […]

Hindu Extremist Influence in India Shown in Easter Attacks

Current climate reflected in rash of assaults.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Pastor Sunder Singh’s church in southern India was about to take Holy Communion the day before Easter when he saw smoke billowing in from a window pane. He was sitting across from the pulpit as a guest pastor was leading the service in Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu state, where about 200 […]

Christian Woman in Pakistan Dies after Being Set on Fire

Muslim suitor insisted she renounce Christ and marry him, relatives say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian woman in Pakistan died on Sunday night (April 22) after a Muslim in the Sialkot area set her on fire for refusing to convert to Islam and marry him, relatives said. Muhammad Rizwan Gujjar poured kerosene on 25-year-old Asma Yaqoob and set her on fire on Wednesday (April […]

Police Slow to Respond to Vicious Attack on Pastor in Uttar Pradesh, India

‘I have found favor in God’s eye. I am blessed to have suffered for His name.’

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – In a village in northern India, pastor Rakesh Kumar Masih passed out from the pain of Hindu extremists beating his genitals, and they left him for dead. The sun was shining bright when the Hindu nationalists stormed into the house of one of his church members, where some Christians had […]

Gunmen Kill Two More Christians, Wound Three, in Quetta, Pakistan

Two girls, 11 and 13, injured in second attack this month in city.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Christians in Quetta, Pakistan are living in fear after the second attack this month by suspected Islamist militants killed two Christians in front of a home. Three other people were injured, including two girls, in the shooting on Sunday (April 15) in the capital of Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan, […]

Hard-line Hindu Confesses to Attempted Murder of Pastor in Southern India, Police Say

Axe attack leaves house church leader within 30 minutes of death, doctor says.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A hard-line Hindu has confessed to attempting to murder a pastor in southern India as the Christian leader was praying at night, according to police. Pastor Madira Koti Reddy, who leads a house church in Rentachintala village, Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh state, on March 29 had gone to his […]

Four Christians Killed, Girl Wounded in Easter Monday Attack in Pakistan

Islamic extremist groups suspected.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Four Christians, including a woman, were killed and a young girl wounded in a terrorist attack in Pakistan on Monday (April 2), sources said. Rickshaw driver Pervaiz Masih was transporting his brothers-in-law Imran Masih and Tariq Masih, along with their sister-in-law Firdous, in Quetta, capital of the restive province, when […]