Pastor in India Driven from Home after Police Torture, Threats

Officers arrive with news reporter, reviling him and Christianity.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A pastor in northern India was forced to leave his village and flee with his family more than 600 miles away after police last month tortured and threatened him, he said. Officers in Uttarakhand state on June 13 arrested pastor Sanjay Kumar Bharati, his wife, children and several members of […]

Christians Suffer Court Setback in Child Marriages/Conversions

Supreme Court declines petition for protection from Muslim kidnappers.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Efforts to end the abduction and forced conversion/marriage of minor Christian girls suffered a setback when the Supreme Court of Pakistan last week declined to intervene in the issue, sources said. Supreme Court Justice Mushir Alam on Wednesday (July 14) rejected an appeal by a senior church leader for a […]

Christian Father Charged after Hindus Attack Daughter in India

Church member apparently pressured into giving false statement.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Hard-line Hindus in northern India who attacked a young Christian woman have filed fabricated charges against her father – basing their case on testimony from a Christian relative apparently pressured into giving a false statement, sources said. The father, Shriram Gautam, was charged with outraging the modesty of a woman […]

School in Pakistan Covers Up Rape of Christian Girl, Family Says

Administrators accuse Christian boy who was not even on campus.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Shahzad Masih told the school principal in Lahore, Pakistan that he refused to leave her office until the official admitted Masih’s daughter had been raped at the school that day, but soon security guards arrived and pushed him and his wife out of the building, he said. His 8-year-old daughter […]

High Court in Pakistan Upholds Girl’s Forced Marriage, Conversion

Custody of 13-year-old ‘wife’ granted to Muslim father of four.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The Lahore High Court has upheld a ruling in Pakistan granting custody of a 13-year Christian girl to a Muslim accused of kidnapping her, forcibly marrying her and converting her to Islam. Setting aside her parents’ pleas that Nayab Gill was underage and hence could not legally marry or change […]

Pastor in Northern India Killed for His Faith, Sources Say

Ferocity of attack indicates anti-Christian motive, wife and Christian leaders say.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A suspected criminal recently released on bail in northern India killed a pastor on Wednesday (June 30) for sharing the “love and forgiveness of Christ” with him, sources said. Sonu Kashyap, a Hindu of Sangoi village in Karnal District, Haryana state, attacked pastor Vinod Kumar with a wooden roof truss […]

Death Threats Force Christian to Abandon Job Promotion

Muslim personnel at a hospital attack again in Pakistan.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Riaz Gill was working in his office at one of Karachi, Pakistan’s biggest government hospitals last week when a group of Muslim doctors stormed in and attacked him. “How can a Chuhra and Bhangi dare to work on the same level as us?” the assailants said, using the pejorative terms […]

Life Sentence Upheld for Christian in Blasphemy Case

Islamist pressure again appears to influence judges in Pakistan. 

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A court in Rawalpindi, Pakistan upheld the life sentence of a Christian convicted of sending blasphemous text messages in spite of the prosecution’s manipulated evidence and failure to establish his involvement, his lawyer said. Zafar Bhatti, 56, had been handed the life sentence, which in Pakistan is 25 years, on […]

Christian Families Driven into Jungles of Eastern India

Police advise them to renounce Christ, victims say.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Tribal animists forced more than 50 Christians from three villages to flee their homes and take shelter in the jungles of eastern India last month. The Christians belong to 13 tribal families of Rayagada District, Odisha state who have been stranded in the jungle without proper shelter, food, water and […]

Another 13-Year-Old Girl Forced to Marry/Convert to Islam

A judge, shelter again appear complicit in crime, sources say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Tears rolled down Shahid Gill’s face as he recalled the day last month when a court in Pakistan handed his 13-year-old daughter into the custody of a 30-year-old Muslim man. Gill, a Roman Catholic, works as a tailor in Gujranwala city, some 150 kilometers (93 miles) from Lahore. His daughter, […]