Villagers in India Deprive Five Christian Families of Farmland, Food, Water

District officials enforce country’s freedom of religion.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Village leaders in eastern India prohibited five Christian families from working on their farms or walking on the main road before district authorities this month revoked the order, sources said. Leaders of Banhardi village, in Jharkhand state’s Latehar District, told the five families in April to either convert back to […]

More than Six Months after Acquittal, Asia Bibi Finally Allowed to Leave Pakistan

Death threats, Islamist protests raised security concerns.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Aasiya Noreen, better known as Asia Bibi, has arrived in Canada along with her husband more than six months after being acquitted of blasphemy charges and released from prison in Pakistan, sources said. After spending eight years on death row in Pakistan’s most infamous blasphemy case before the country’s Supreme […]

Fire at Historic Church Building on Easter Stuns, but Does Not Stop, Worshipers in India

Police advise pastor to avoid mentioning fire in complaint.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – It was a different kind of Easter celebration this year for Pastor Anil Juit of Maranatha Full Gospel Church in eastern India. Opening the door of the historic church building in Arrah, in Bihar state’s Bhojpur District, on Easter Sunday (April 21), he found a gaping hole in the back […]

Four Christians, including U.S. Woman, Arrested from Hotel in Nepal

Police harass minorities with false charges, deportation, victims say.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Police in Nepal arrested four Christians from a hotel, including a woman from the United States, early Tuesday morning (April 23) on false charges of conversion by allurement, sources said. Police from Dang Deukhuri District Police Headquarters in Ghorahi charged into the Hotel Doko in Ghorahi at 7 a.m. and […]

Unprecedented Suicide Bombing Attacks Shock Christians in Sri Lanka

Coordinated blasts at churches, hotels kill at least 290 people.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Christians in Sri Lanka have never seen such a large-scale attack on them as the one that hit three churches and three hotels on Easter Sunday (April 21), killing at least 321 people, they said. “I don’t have words to express my pain,” a teary-eyed Eranda Weththasinghe told Morning Star […]

Food Deprivation, Beatings and Jail as Christians Suffer in Jharkhand, India

Hindu extremists influence those who practice tribal religion.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A longstanding Hindu extremist practice of turning animistic villagers against Christians has intensified as elections get underway in India today, with tribal villagers taught that Christianity is anti-Indian. Upset about tribal Adivasi relatives leaving the animistic Sarna religion to become Christians, 60-year-old Sanpitha Majhi attacked a 28-year-old Christian mother he […]

After Terrifying Attack in Uttar Pradesh, India, Host of House Church in Hiding

Hindu extremists keep Christians from medical care.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Nearly two months after Hindu extremists in India humiliated, beat and forced Christians to praise a Hindu god, the host of the house church has yet to return to his home. Ranjeet Kumar Gautam is still in hiding after more than 20 Hindu extremists in Chapar village, Sultanpur District, Uttar […]

Christian Mother in Pakistan Forcibly Converted, Married and Tortured, She Says

Police tell husband she is now a Muslim and to forget about her, he says.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Returning home from a night shift at a call center on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on Feb. 25, Naveed Iqbal learned from his sons that a local criminal and three other men had taken his wife away, he said. He filed a report at the Khana police station. Iqbal […]

Police in India File Charges against Pastors for Refuting False Account of Attack, Sources Say

Teenage Christian girl beaten unconscious.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Three pastors in western India have been criminally charged in retaliation for refuting a false account of a Hindu extremist attack on six Christians that left a teenage girl unconscious, sources said. Three of the six Christians beaten in Maharashtra state this month were also charged in retaliation for reporting […]

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 […]