Christian Teenager Jailed on Baseless Rape Charge in India, Sources Say

Church members fear expulsion from village.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A 16-year-old Christian and three others in eastern India have been in jail for more than a month on a baseless rape charge, sources said. Tarai Beda village leaders in Kondagaon District, Chhattisgarh state who worship tribal and Hindu deities had Piso Ram arrested days after a 16-year-old girl accompanied […]

Hindu Extremists Accelerate Clampdown on Christians in Uttar Pradesh, India

Pastors in hiding after police, media deployed against them.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Under the influence of Hindu extremists, police and media campaigns against Christians in Uttar Pradesh state, India have mushroomed since one such attack sent a pastor into hiding last month, sources said. After false media reports of large-scale, fraudulent conversions of Hindus by pastor Durga Prasad Yadav in Jaunpur District […]

Hindu Extremists, Media Attack Large Church in Uttar Pradesh, India

‘To me, to live is Christ and to die is gain,’ says pastor.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Dismissing an initial investigation that cleared Christians of wrongdoing, police under pressure from Hindu extremists are pursuing false charges against a pastor and 270 others, sources said. After appearing to halt Hindu nationalists’ efforts to shut down a large church in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state, police who had told […]

Hindu Extremists Suspected in False Charges against Pastor in India, Sources Say

Christians face various kinds of persecution in Jharkhand state.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News)– A pastor could face life in prison after police in eastern India falsely charged him with leading a tribal rebel movement, sources said. Christian leaders in Khunti District, Jharkhand state suspect Hindu extremists are behind the sudden, baseless accusations against pastor Jidan Herenz in March, when he was charged with sedition […]

Christian Loses Sight in One Eye in Attack by Muslim Neighbors

Pakistani Islamists try to drive out only Christian family on the block.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A young Christian man in Karachi, Pakistan lost sight in one eye when armed, Muslim neighbors attacked his family, his father said. Vikram John, 25, lost sight in his left eye after Muslim neighbors who had pressured his family to leave the neighborhood with months of harassment beat him and […]

Court in Nepal Sentences Pastor to 10 Years in Prison on Rape Conviction

Willingness to help poor children results in imprisonment, family says.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christians’ confidence in the judiciary in Nepal was shattered after a court sentenced a 63-year-old pastor to 10 years in prison on rape accusations the complainant later renounced, church leaders said. Pastor Govinda Prasad Dhakal, 63, was sentenced on June 7 upon conviction for “frequently raping a minor” he and […]

Hindu Extremists in India Create Nightmare for Pastor’s Family

‘Somehow we have adjusted to this abnormal normal.’

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – When a Hindu in northern India got rid of the idols in his house after several visits to a church, Hindu nationalists found the perfect opportunity to make life a nightmare for a pastor’s family, sources said. Since the Hindu nationalists accused pastor Avianshu Kalra of desecration of Hindu idols […]

Police in India Demand Money to Release Falsely Accused Christians, Sources Say

Christians arrested for praying in their home.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – About an hour before midnight on July 31, three policemen and a Hindu neighbor barged into a Christian woman’s house in northern India and ordered her and her husband to either give them money or go to jail. The couple was immersed in prayer with their children and two other […]

Christian in Pakistan Charged with ‘Blasphemy’ in Scheme Involving Islamist Party, Sources Say

Young man accused of defaming Muhammad by text message.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A member of an Islamic extremist party in Pakistan has charged a Christian with blasphemy as part of a scheme by the accused’s ex-girlfriend and her brother, sources said. Farhan Aziz, 26, was arrested under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy law in Muslim Town, Gujranwala District, Punjab Province, after the brother and […]

Assault on Christian Leader in Nepal Reflects Growing Threat

Pastor attacked in broad daylight in crowded café.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Pastor Sagar Baizu, 46, had finished one meeting and had an hour before the next one, so he decided to stop at a café on a major thoroughfare in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, on July 19. As he was about to sip a coffee in the crowded café at 2 […]