Christians in Northern India Forced to Stop Worship, Pastor Says

Officers, Hindu extremists coerce church leader after police detain his son, he says.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Harassment of Christians by hard-line Hindus in northern India ended in police coercing a pastor to agree to stop holding worship in his home after an officer threatened to make false charges against his son, he said. The pastor said the coercion by police in Uttar Pradesh state came […]

Another Christian Sentenced to Death in Pakistan on Weak Blasphemy Charges

Father of four accused of sending text messages defaming Muhammad.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A court in Lahore, Pakistan today (Sept. 8) sentenced a Christian to death over charges that he allegedly sent “blasphemous” text messages to a Muslim colleague seven years ago, his lawyer said. Asif Pervaiz, a 37-year-old father of four, has been in jail for seven years since he was charged […]

Attacked Christians in India Risk Arrest if Worship Draws more Assaults

Police issue warning not to ‘disturb the peace.’

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Police in eastern India have threatened to arrest Christians for “disturbing the peace” if their worship draws more opposition after recent attacks, including one that has nearly cost an elderly woman her sight, sources said. Complaining that Christian prayers have driven away their nature-based gods, tribal animists in Badaguda, Odisha […]

Christian Girl Kidnapped in Pakistan Says Muslim ‘Husband’ Raped, Threatened Her

Maira Shahbaz escapes, says she was coerced into stating she converted, married.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The Muslim who regained custody of a 14-year-old Christian girl he had kidnapped threatened to kill her and her family unless she gave court statements that she had married him and converted to Islam of her own free will, the girl told Morning Star News. Maira Shahbaz, who escaped […]

Pastor Jailed Since May after Standing Up to Land-Grabbers in Pakistan, Relatives Say

Bail hearings continually postponed; charges are baseless, they say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A church pastor in Karachi has languished in jail since May on a baseless charge of extortion leveled against him in retaliation for taking a stand against alleged land-grabbers who demolished homes of poor Christians there, family members said. Falsely accusing pastor Sohail Latif Sandhu of extortion, the alleged land-grabbers […]

Local Officials in Nepal Order Halt to Construction of Church Building

Hindus exploit legal confusion to level allegations against Christians.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Municipal officials in Nepal ordered a church to stop construction of a worship hall after local Hindus objected to it, sources said. Some of the area Hindus had threatened relatives who became Christians after pastor Manish Bohra began proclaiming Christ in Galkot in January. When a small church began […]

Christian Hospitalized for More than Two Weeks after Assault in India

Hindu extremists in northern village beat him with iron rods.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A Christian father of seven in northern India was hospitalized for more than two weeks after Hindu extremists with iron rods interrupted his night prayers with his family and beat him at his home. Pappu Kumar, released from a hospital on Thursday (Aug. 13), was praying with his family […]

Verdict in Pakistan Portends More Forced Marriages/Conversions of Christian Girls

Court returns 14-year-old Catholic girl to Muslim who allegedly abducted her.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A court decision in Pakistan to return custody of a 14-year-old Christian girl to the Muslim who allegedly kidnapped her and forced her to convert to Islam and marry him will make more Christian girls vulnerable to such trauma, sources said. Lala Robin Daniel, a rights activist based in […]

Hard-Line Hindu Neighbors Attack Pastor and Guests at His Home in India

Police refuse to listen to church leader, arrest victims.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Pastor Ramnivas Kumar had been attacked before, but in the latest instance he was stunned that police in eastern India arrested his bleeding guests based on transparently false accusations that they were robbers, he said. Christians Avinash Kumar and Rambali Ram were visiting Pastor Kumar’s home in Ranjitpur village, […]

Pastor in Nepal Jailed for More than Three Months Released on Bail

Charges violate religious freedom rights, advocates say.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A pastor arrested in Nepal in March on charges that violate religious rights, and then re-arrested moments after release in April, was released after paying an exorbitant bail this month, sources said. First arrested on March 23 on charges of spreading false information for saying prayers can heal the […]