U.S. Pastor Stranded in India after Arrest on Declarations Charge

Church leader says he was never asked to declare money.

NEW DELHI, India (Morning Star News) – A U.S. pastor attending a Sunday School conference in India is stranded in the country after he was arrested for failing to report money he was carrying. Pastor Bryan Nerren, 58, was traveling to Sikkim state in northeastern India for a Sunday school conference along with two U.S. […]

Police Put Christian Houses under Surveillance in Tamil Nadu State, India

Hindu extremists tell officers where Christians live so they can stop worship.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Police in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state have put several house churches under surveillance in order to stop worship, in violation of the country’s secular constitution, sources said. Police have told congregations to stop worship in homes in Anuperpalayem, Velampalayem, Kangeyam and several other villages in Tiruppur District, the […]

Hindu Extremist Attack on Home Traumatizes Pastor, Family in Northeast India

Mob breaks through windows, roof with intent to kill.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A Hindu extremist mob in northeastern India tried to kill a pastor and his family in an attack on their home Sunday night (Oct. 27), the church leader said. At 1 a.m. on Monday (Oct. 28), Hindu extremists brandishing swords, bricks and rods broke through windows and the roof […]

Hindu Extremists Beat Pastor Unconscious in Gujarat State, India

Assailants leave him for dead; couple also struck.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A pastor in western India suffered severe injuries to his head and back on Tuesday (Oct. 22) after Hindu extremists beat him unconscious for visiting a Christian in a neighboring village, sources said. The eight assailants left pastor Ramesh Pargi in a pool of blood after surrounding and assaulting […]

Hindu Extremists, Police Shut Down Worship Services in Uttar Pradesh, India

Healing prayer leads to accusation of ‘black magic.’

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Police broke up a congregational gathering of 6,000 worshippers in northern India on Tuesday (Oct. 15) after Hindu extremists leveled false charges of black magic, arms possession and forcible conversion against the pastor, sources said. An administrative officer from Bahraich District, Uttar Pradesh, arrived with police in Pandeypurwa village, […]

Christian Family in Hiding after Hindu Extremist Mob Assaults Them in India

Assailants threaten to kill Christians if they report attack to police.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A retired pastor, his wife and their sons are in hiding from police after a Hindu extremist mob injured them in a gruesome assault in northern India, sources said. Patram Mangala, retired Church of North India pastor now helping to run St. John School in Sohna, Gurugram District in […]

Police Help Hindu Extremist Efforts to Shut Down Christian Worship in India, Sources Say

Officers beat, threaten victims of Hindu nationalist attacks, Christians say.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Hindu extremists and police in eastern India this month ordered jailed Christians to stop gathering for worship, with the extremists threatening to bring a venomous snake to bite a pastor’s wife, sources said. The house-church pastor, his family and other Christians had been arrested in Jharkhand state after the […]

Social Media Backlash Reflects New Era of Hostility in Nepal

Pastor receives death threats for sharing his spiritual journey.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Hindu extremist threats have driven a pastor in Nepal into hiding following a leak onto social media of a restricted audience-interview he gave on his journey to Christ, sources said. Pastor Sukdev Giri of Trinity Fellowship church in Chitwan District has received death threats, he said. He has changed […]

Young Father in India Shocked at Why Relatives Attacked Him, Daughter and Killed His Wife

3-year-old child fears uncles will kill her father, too.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Two weeks after losing his wife to an axe-blow in front of his 3-year-old daughter in eastern India, Rohit Oraon believes that the murder was planned, not spontaneous, and that his relatives also meant to kill him and his child. What he still cannot believe is why. The 25-year-old […]

Illegally Detained Christian Tortured to Death in Custody in Pakistan, Family Says

Impoverished father of two the only employee abused in theft case.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Lahore, Pakistan tortured to death the Christian father of 14-day-old and 7-year-old sons, relatives said. Officers on Aug. 28 illegally detained 28-year-old Amir Masih on a false charge of theft and tortured him for four days before he died in a hospital on Sept. 2, his brother […]