Animist Villagers in India Force Christians to Exhume Body

Hindu extremist influence seen in opposition to burial.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Tribal animists influenced by Hindu extremists in central India last month forced Christians to exhume the body of a 25-year-old man buried on relatives’ private land because they didn’t want a Christian interred in their village, sources said. Laxman Markam had been dead for two days when about 50 residents […]

Hindu Nationalist Mob Holds Christians against their Will

Police in India only observe attack, then detain church members.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Hours after a Hindu nationalist mob assaulted and held more than 60 Christians against their will in central India under accusations of forcible conversion last month, police detained the Christians rather than the assailants, sources said. The mob of about 500 Hindu nationalists on Oct. 17 descended on the Christians […]

Pastor Who Lost Wife to COVID-19 Forced to Stop Worship

Hindu extremists in eastern India attack father of three.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Pastor Raj Masih and his three children have not been able to return home to their village in eastern India since Sept. 28, when Hindu extremists attacked him. “I returned home bruised that night. My children saw me and were frightened,” Pastor Masih told Morning Star News. “Since we lost […]

Hindu Extremists Beat, Rob Worshippers in India

Assailants well-educated, older people with high social standing.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Hindu extremists beat and looted worshippers in northern India on Oct. 3, leaving one man unconscious, another with ruptured eardrums and others with internal and external injuries, sources said. More than 200 members of the Hindu nationalist Vishva Hindu Parishad and the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party intruded […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]