Pastor in India Beaten for Refusing to Help Pay for Tribal Rituals

Police’s solution: hand over money and don’t press charges.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Local officials and other tribal animists in a village in eastern India locked council doors, tied up pastor Lakshman Oraon and beat him for more than an hour, but he kept praising God, he said. “I did not shout or cry before them,” Pastor Oraon told Morning Star News. “I […]

Father Recovers Forcibly Converted/Married Daughter

12-year-old girl in Pakistan was found chained in home of ‘husband.’

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Asif Masih beamed with joy to have his 12-year-old daughter back home on Tuesday (Feb. 16) in Faisalabad, Pakistan following her alleged kidnapping and forcible conversion and marriage to a 45-year-old Muslim. “Praise God, for He has answered our prayers and rescued my daughter,” Masih said hours after Faisalabad Session […]

Two Christians Studying Bible in Park Charged with Blasphemy

Far-right Islamist group in Pakistan enlisted to pressure police, lawyer says.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Lahore, Pakistan have charged two Christians with blasphemy after Muslims objected to their Bible study in a park last weekend, the attorney for one of the accused said. Haroon Ayub Masih, 26, and friend Salamat Mansha Masih, about the same age, were studying the Bible in Lahore’s Model […]

Charges Fabricated against Pastor, Others after Assault, Sources Say

Tribal mob attack leaves church leader unable to chew food.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Police in southern India have filed false charges against a church pastor after tribal animists assaulted him for his faith so severely that he was hospitalized for two days, sources said. The pastor and three others face a range of fabricated charges such as causing hurt and, in the pastor’s […]

Police Hamper Prosecution of Accused Killers, Sources Say

Officers lie, remove evidence to cripple case against Muslim suspects, attorney says.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Suspects in the killing of a young Christian man a year ago in Pakistan have been freed on bail due to police connivance and are issuing death threats to pressure relatives to drop the case, sources said. Muslim land-owners upset with farmworker Saleem Masih, 22, for “polluting” their tube-well by […]

Pregnant Christian Woman Loses Baby after Hindu Extremist Attack

Hospitals refuse to treat young mother-to-be.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Leela Bai, eight months pregnant, rushed outside a house she was visiting in central India after hearing the commotion of a Hindu extremist mob attacking tribal Christians preparing to celebrate the New Year. The mob pushed her down and kicked her stomach until she fell unconscious, and later that evening […]

Attacked Christian Nurse Charged with Blasphemy in Pakistan

Hospital personnel strike, badger and lock her in room.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Pakistan who had dismissed accusations of blasphemy against a Christian nurse who was attacked by hospital personnel registered a case against her today after pressure from an Islamist mob, sources said. Staff members of the hospital in Karachi on Thursday (Jan. 28) slapped, beat and locked nurse Tabeeta Nazir […]

Police Join Attack on Christians, File False Charges, Sources Say

Officers and Hindu extremists in India threaten church members.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Police who did nothing to stop a fierce attack on a church service in Uttar Pradesh, India also beat and threatened the Christians while arresting them under false accusations of fraudulent conversions, sources said. A mob of 15 to 20 Hindu extremists earlier this month assaulted men, women and children […]

Catholic Girl, 12, Likely to Return to Muslim Abductor, Advocates Fear

Courts, police and shelter home in Pakistan subvert justice, sources say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Advocates for a 12-year-old Catholic girl found tortured and chained in the home of a Muslim in Pakistan fear he will regain custody after she testified that she converted and wed him of her own free will, sources said. Charges of abduction and rape against 45-year-old Khizar Hayat and two […]

Hindu Nationalists Incite Animists to Attack Christians in India

Tribal villagers indoctrinated to do the bidding of Hindu extremists.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Six Christian families were worshipping in a wood-and-hay structure in eastern India last month when an influential man of wealth wielding an axe led others in and, in coarse language, asked why they had abandoned their tribal religion. Elder Burjo Tadinji of the church in Odisha state’s Chichima village, answered, […]