Police Beat Christians in Custody in Uttar Pradesh, India

Officer threatens to press serious charges unless he receives payment, victim says.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Police in northern India arrested two Christians on false charges last month and beat them in custody while reviling them for their faith, sources said. Responding to a call on an emergency response number alleging Christians were carrying out forcible conversions, officers in Uttar Pradesh state on the morning of […]

Facing Death Threats, Christian Family Members Flee Afghanistan

Mother, siblings feared revealing their faith even to each other.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Threatened with death even before the Taliban took power in mid-August, a young Christian woman who fled to India could be forced to return to Afghanistan when her visa expires in a few days, she said. Esin (name changed for security reasons), 24, fled Afghanistan just before the Taliban took […]

Hindu Extremists Beat Pastors at Police Station in India

Officer manhandled in attack in Chhattisgarh state.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A Hindu nationalist mob this month beat three pastors and manhandled an officer at a police station in the capital of central India’s Chhattisgarh state, sources said. Police disrupted the worship of New Life Fellowship Ministry in Raipur on Sept. 5 and summoned pastor Harish Sahu to the Purani Basti […]

Court Gives Custody of Christian Girl to Alleged Kidnapper

Islam gives mental capacity more importance than age, judge rules. 

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Pakistan have found a 14-year-old Christian girl who was allegedly kidnapped and forced to marry and convert to Islam, but a court on Thursday (Sept. 23) rejected her family’s attempt to recover her, ruling that Islam gives mental capacity more importance than age in such cases. The Lahore […]

Islamic Extremists Charge Christian Woman with Blasphemy

Islamists invited to monitor comments in social media group.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Blasphemy charges against a Christian preacher in Pakistan were filed not with help from members of the Ahmadiyya religion but only by Islamic extremists, sources said. A source in the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Pakistan said the complainant in the case, Shiraz Farooqi, was not a member of the Ahmadiyya, a religion with […]

Christian Boy, 14, Clinging to Life after Burn Attack in Eastern India

Hindu extremists opposed his faith.

(Update: Shortly after midnight on Sept. 26, Nitish Kumar succumbed to his injuries.) NEW DELHI, India (Morning Star News) – A 14-year-old Christian boy in eastern India is fighting for his life a month after suspected Hindu extremists threw flammable liquid on him and set him on fire, sources said. “He is very, very critical,” said […]

Muslim Gunmen in Pakistan Wound at least Four Christians

Pregnant woman said to be among those injured.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Muslims in an area of Lahore, Pakistan on Monday (Sept. 6) fired high-powered weapons at the homes of Christians, wounding a pregnant woman and at least three other people, sources said. A wounded Christian resident in the Shamsabad locality of Lahore’s Sherakot area, Asif Masih, said he heard shouts followed […]

Hard-Line Hindus Beat Christian Unconscious in Tamil Nadu, India

Neighbors attack after seeing church leader visit him.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A Christian in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state is in hiding after hard-line Hindu neighbors beat him unconscious with iron rods last month, sources said. Santosh Kumar, 35, left his home on Aug. 1 shortly after a church elder visited him in Kamaraj Nagar, Karur District. A Hindu neighbor who […]

Sexually Assaulted Christian Threatened with Blasphemy Charge, Rights Group Says

Muslim supervisor retaliating for accusation of misconduct, leader says.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Muslim supervisor is threatening to file blasphemy charges against a Christian sanitation worker in Pakistan if she refuses to withdraw her sexual assault accusation against him, a human rights leader said. Salima Rani Bibi, a 50-year-old Catholic sweeper in the sanitation branch of the Khanewal Municipal Committee in Punjab […]

Pastor’s Wife, 19-Year-Old Injured in Attack on Christians

Hard-line Sikhs, Hindus use swords and wooden rods.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A pastor’s wife is still bed-ridden after hard-line Sikhs and Hindus broke her leg in an attack on their church last month in northern India, sources said. Carrying swords and wooden rods, the assailants also slashed the head of a church member in the attack on Christians gathered for […]