Christians Forced to ‘Reconvert,’ Banished from Village in India

Police decline to act, sources say.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Christians who worshipped privately in their homes in a village in eastern India were dragged to local leaders last month and forced to bow to a goddess idol, sources said. The mob action on June 14 followed an announcement two days earlier by the heads of Mahuatoli village, Gumla District […]

Christian Families Going Hungry as Villagers in India Deprive Them of Work, Homes

Grain thrown out; buying and selling denied.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Christians in various villages of Chhattisgarh state, India are going hungry as members of tribal religions deprive them of work and refuse to sell food to them, sources said. In the southern tip of Chhattisgarh state, villagers who practice tribal religion of ancestor and nature worship attacked the homes of […]

Officials Destroy Christian School, Hostel – and Founder’s Home – in Eastern India

Demolition crew beats director and his parents.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Authorities seized 12 tearful, fatherless children from a Christian ministry in eastern India last month after local officials demolished the ministry’s school and hostel, sources said. After Hindu extremists persuaded the district collector to demolish the hostel and school serving 250 students, child protection personnel and police on May 21 […]

Muslim Employer in Pakistan Kills Christian Farmhand for Working Elsewhere, Relatives Say

Police unable to locate suspect.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Muslim landlord outside Faisalabad, Pakistan tortured a worker to death for daring, as a “lowly Christian,” to work for another employer, relatives said. Javed Masih, a Catholic in Nulka Kohala village, a suburb of Faisalabad in Punjab Province, on May 10 had sought a 10,000-rupee loan (US$66) from his […]

Release of Imprisoned Christian Offers Hope for Justice for Wrongfully Convicted in India

Supreme Court grants bail after more than 10 years.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – When police took Gornath Chalanseth from his home in eastern India early on the morning of Dec. 13, 2008, he assumed they only wanted to question him over minor political activity in his capacity as a member of the local village council. Except for two brief releases on bail, he […]

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 […]