Christians Accuse Policeman in India of Destroying Church Building

Officer threatened to arrest, kill them, they say.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – After months of appeals to officials in central India, Christians are still awaiting action against a police officer alleged to have burned down a church building and threatened them with false charges if they continue worshiping, sources said. In Chhattisgarh state’s Kistaram village, Konta District, Sub-Inspector Bhavesh Shende on Feb. […]

Christians Left without Homes after Easter Attack in India

Yearly supply of food destroyed.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Tribal villagers in eastern India assaulted three Christian families and destroyed their homes on Easter Sunday (April 17), sources said. The assailants, followers of tribal nature-worshipping religion, were upset that the Christian families in Odisha state’s Ejariguda village, Malkangiri District, were preparing for Easter rather than their traditional festival, said […]

18 Christians in India Jailed, Fight False Charge of Five Years Ago

Widow among church members arrested over baseless accusation.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christians falsely charged with crimes related to an act of vandalism in central India five years ago spent five days in jail and are fighting the case anew after it mysteriously resurfaced, sources said. The 18 Christians, including a widow, in Chhattisgarh state’s Bhelwapal village, Sukma District, were jailed March […]

Assaulted Pastor in India Faces Baseless Charges, Death Threats

Leader of closed church still recovering from injuries.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Still recovering from injuries at the hands of a Hindu extremist-led mob that beat him unconscious in January, a pastor in central India faces death threats, landlords who refuse to rent to him and baseless charges of forcible conversion, sources said. “Kailash Dudwe was brutally assaulted to the extent of […]

Christian Pastor Slashed, Shot to Death in Central India

Assailants stating they are Maoists leave note on body.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Six masked men in central India this month killed one of 22 Christians a Maoist group had warned to “leave the pastorship,” sources said. Pastor Yalam Shankar was slashed and shot to death the evening of March 17 outside his home in Angampalli village, Bijapur District, Chhattisgarh state in front […]

Christian in Pakistan Arrested, Tortured on Blasphemy Charges

False accusation threatens 54-year-old father’s job, retirement fund.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Pakistan beat and arrested a Christian on Tuesday (March 16) for allegedly making blasphemous comments on social media and later tortured him into confessing guilt, sources said. Cybercrime officials from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Gujranwala Circle raided the Lahore home of Fansan Shahid, 54, shortly after midnight […]

Pastor Tied to Post, Beaten in Delhi, India

Police slow to act in Hindu extremist attack, he says.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Hindu extremists in the National Capital Territory of Delhi last month tied a pastor to a post at a busy intersection and beat him before hundreds of people, but police have yet to make arrests, sources said. Accusing Pastor Kelom Kalyan Tete of forcible conversion as they beat him, Hindu […]

Hindu Extremists Try to Kill Pastor, Wife in Northern India, He Says

Villagers accuse church leader of fraudulent conversion.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Pastor Rakesh Babu was about to go to bed one night earlier this year in northern India when eight Hindu extremists broke into his house, beat and choked him and slit his wife’s throat, he said. The eight assailants, including two women, who had accused him of luring people to […]

Hardline Hindu Neighbors Attack Pastors in Northern India

Extremists beat them, burn Bible.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A Hindu extremist mob on Jan. 28 attacked two pastors in northern India, setting the Bible of one on fire as he blacked out from the beating, he said. Accusing the pastors of luring the family they were visiting with money to convert, the hardline Hindus attacked Pastor Sanjay Kumar […]

Lay Pastor Slain, Priest Wounded in Northwestern Pakistan

Unknown gunmen attack them on street in Peshawar.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Church of Pakistan lay pastor was gunned down and a priest wounded by unknown assailants as the leaders drove home from a worship service on Sunday (Jan. 30) in the northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar, sources said. Church of Pakistan Bishop of Peshawar Humphrey Peters said that William Siraj, […]