Hard-Line Sikhs, Hindus Persecute Christians in Northern India

Pastor thrown off motorbike, accused of illicit relationship.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Villagers hostile toward Christians in northern India falsely accused a pastor of an illicit relationship with a woman and, in another village, burned a church building, sources said. As people throughout the country on Nov. 7 prepared to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, neighbors alerted pastor Satpal Masih […]

Church in Nepal Forced to Shut Down

Elsewhere in Himalayan country, evangelists arrested, deported.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – High-caste Hindus who have been harassing a church in Nepal forced it to shut down last week, sources said. For two months Brahmins, the highest caste from which Hindu priests and teachers are drawn, in western Nepal’s Palpa District had disrupted worship of the Pakhluwa Eternal Life Church in Palpa […]

Tribal Leaders Join Hands with Hindu Extremists to Persecute Christians in Jharkhand, India

Police harm more than help victims.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Five families in eastern India were at a worship service last month when they received a phone call telling them to return to their homes immediately. The Christians rushed nearly four miles from their church in Lisiya village to their homes in Durula, West Singhbhum District in Jharkhand state, where […]

Christian Mother Acquitted of Blasphemy in Pakistan Released from Prison

Islamic extremists warn of retaliation if she is allowed to leave country.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian mother who spent nine years on death row before being acquitted in Pakistan’s most high-profile blasphemy case was released from prison late Wednesday night (Nov. 7), sources said. Sources close to the family and government officials confirmed that Aasiya Noreen, better known as Asia Bibi, was released from […]

Persecution of Christians Radiates Outward from Hub in Northern India, Sources Say

Fear spreads throughout churches in Uttar Pradesh.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Attacks on Christians that began in one area of Uttar Pradesh in July have spiked and spread, instilling fear in congregations throughout the state, sources said. After several attacks in Jaunpur District in July, by the end of October persecution of Christians had spread to 32 of Uttar Pradesh’s 75 […]

Government in Pakistan under Pressure from Islamists Protesting Asia Bibi Acquittal

Officials facilitate filing of review petition against verdict.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The Pakistani government on Friday (Nov. 2) capitulated to demands of Islamist groups protesting the acquittal of Christian mother Aasiya Noreen, better known as Asia Bibi, by agreeing to allow the possibility of a Supreme Court review of the verdict. In the agreement between administration officials and leaders of an […]

Outbreak of Violence against Christians in Assam, India Sparks Concern

Hindu extremist attacks reach northeastern state.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Three acts of aggression against Christians in Assam state, India in one month have raised concerns among Christian leaders. “We have seen sporadic incidents happen in Assam in the past – but three incidents of violence within a month against the Christian community has built a sense of insecurity among […]

Supreme Court of Pakistan Acquits Christian Mother Facing Execution on False Charge

Islamists issue fatwa of death for high court justices.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Pakistan’s Supreme Court today acquitted Aasiya Noreen, better known as Asia Bibi, a Christian mother condemned to death for alleged blasphemy, triggering violent protests and clashes in several cities across the country. After accepting her 2015 appeal in the high-profile case, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan […]

Policeman Punished for Talking about Christ at Public Religious Meeting in Nepal

New law reinforces stepped-up legal targeting of Christians.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A policeman in Nepal was reprimanded and punished for talking about his faith in Christ at a public, multi-faith religious gathering earlier this month, sources said. Dilip Bhadur Gurung, a constable with the Nepal Armed Force Police (NAFP), was on three-month leave when on Oct. 2 he spoke at the […]

Police Attack, Threaten Christians in Tamil Nadu State, India

Officers of the law beat or harass various congregations.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Police officers rushed into a praise service at a house in Tamil Nadu state and began hitting worshippers in another violent month for Christians, sources said. A female police inspector identified only as Jeyalakshmi and five police officers on Oct. 6 entered the house where Christians were spending the […]