Christians in Hiding after Brutal Mob Attack in Central India

Assault sends 21 guests at dedication celebration to various hospitals.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Several families are in hiding after tribal animists in Chhattisgarh state, India threatened to kill them for reporting a mob attack to police last week that sent 21 Christians to hospitals, sources said. Armed with bamboo sticks, iron rods, bows and arrows and iron sickles, the large mob at 1 […]

Parents Denied Custody of Allegedly Kidnapped Daughter

Marriage of minor invalidated, but forcible conversion issue unresolved.  

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A high court in Pakistan on Monday (Nov. 23) ruled that a 13-year-old Catholic girl allegedly abducted and forcibly converted and married to a Muslim man must remain in a government shelter home until she reaches age 18, sources said. The court failed to return Arzoo Raja of Karachi, Sindh […]

Court in Pakistan Nullifies Christian Girl’s Marriage to Muslim

Catholic 13-year-old sent back to shelter home.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A high court in Sindh Province, Pakistan on Monday (Nov. 9) invalidated the marriage of a 13-year-old Catholic girl to a Muslim alleged to have abducted and forcibly married her, sources said. The court has yet to address the alleged forcible conversion of Arzoo Raja to Islam. Justices ruled that […]

Christian Girl in Pakistan Recovered from Kidnapper

Police arrest Muslim who allegedly forced her to convert and marry.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Karachi, Pakistan on Monday (Nov. 2) recovered a 13-year-old Christian girl and arrested the Muslim accused of abducting and forcibly marrying and converting her, sources said. The action came hours after the Sindh High Court, under pressure from a rising tide of protests over its previous validation of […]

Judge in Pakistan Validates Marriage of Muslim to 13-Year-Old

Catholic girl kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam, family says.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A 13-year-old Christian girl kidnapped by a Muslim man in Pakistan leapt toward her mother when she spotted her outside a courtroom on Tuesday (Oct. 27), but her family was not permitted to enter as a judge validated the 45-year-old abductor’s Islamic “marriage” to the child, sources said. Refusing to […]

Christian Girl, 13, Forcibly Married, Converted in Pakistan, Father Says

Kidnapper’s brothers are police officials protecting him, rights advocate says.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Karachi, Pakistan are ignoring the kidnapping and forcible conversion to Islam of a 13-year-old Christian girl by a 45-year-old Muslim whose two brothers are police officials, sources said. Ali Azhar, a neighbor of the victim’s Catholic family, abducted Arzoo Raja on Oct. 13, and her family went to […]

Christian’s Hearing Damaged in ‘Reconversion’ Attacks in India

Death threats, violence and sexual harassment from Hindu extremists.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A Christian and his 20-year-old son have taken refuge at an undisclosed location since an attack on Sept. 2 in Chhattisgarh state left the father with permanent damage to his hearing, sources said. Jagra Kashyap, 45, and son Asharam Kashyap had to leave their families at home in Badrenga village, […]

Christian Sentenced to Death for ‘Blasphemy’ in Pakistan Acquitted

False allegation destroyed Christian area in 2013.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian sentenced to death in Pakistan on blasphemy charges six years ago was acquitted by a high court in Lahore on Monday (Oct. 5), sources said. Sawan Masih, a 40-year-old Catholic father of three, had been handed the death sentence in March 2014 after a Muslim friend accused him […]

Beaten Christians Tonsured, Paraded in India

Hindu extremists falsely accuse them of eating cow beef.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – After beating and parading Pastor Raj Singh along with four other Christians in eastern India, Hindu extremists were tonsuring them to further ridicule them when one cut the pastor’s head. “While shaving my head, the razor cut my skull, and blood oozed out,” Pastor Singh said of the Sept. 16 […]

Mobs of Thousands Attack Christian Homes in India

Animists incited by Hindu extremists as police stand by.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Incited by Hindu extremists, thousands of tribal animists in Chhattisgarh, India last week drove Christians in three villages from their homes in assaults that police declined to prevent or stop in spite of prior warnings, sources said. The attacks on Sept. 22-23 by mobs that swelled to more than 3,000 […]