Young Father in India Shocked at Why Relatives Attacked Him, Daughter and Killed His Wife

3-year-old child fears uncles will kill her father, too.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Two weeks after losing his wife to an axe-blow in front of his 3-year-old daughter in eastern India, Rohit Oraon believes that the murder was planned, not spontaneous, and that his relatives also meant to kill him and his child. What he still cannot believe is why. The 25-year-old […]

Hindu Extremists Demand Death of One of Organizers of Christian Film in India

Mob says one should be killed to ‘teach them a lesson.’

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Immanuel Tirkey and about 100 villagers were watching the end of a Christian film in Bihar state, India, when a man stood up in front of the screen and began shouting, “Who is the operator here? Who is the operator here?” Tirkey, one of five Christians who had organized […]

Second Wrongly Convicted Christian Released in Kandhamal, India Case Counts Cost

Fight continues for five others falsely accused.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – When Bijaya Kumar Sanaseth went to jail for a murder in India that he did not commit more than 10 and a half years ago, his mother was still alive and his oldest child was 9 years old. “I have not seen my children grow,” Sanaseth, the second Christian to […]

Hindu Nationalism Increasingly Evident in India, Sources Say

Mob reflects notion that all things non-Hindu have no place in country.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – The Hindu nationalists shouting at Christian leaders who were summoned to a police station in southern India asked what gave them the right to lead Christian congregations in a Hindu country. “Who gave you the permission to run a church in a Hindu country?” they shouted, falsely accusing the three […]

Public Awareness, Pressure Help Persecuted Christians Win Justice in India

Christian victims arrested again, but outcry saves them.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – An attorney representing Christians threatened at a wedding in northern India – with police joining in the verbal abuse and then arresting the Christians – couldn’t believe what was now happening to him. Attorney Harjinder Singh had gone to the workplace of the Sikh leader who organized the disruption of […]

Reporting Persecution to Police a Vanishing Option for Christians in India

Hindu extremists beat, deprive them of basic services in Bihar state.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Persecution of Christians in Bihar state, India, has so intensified in the past two years that Pastor Shelton Viswanathan didn’t dare call police after Hindu extremists broke bones in his hand and foot. “If I force the police to register cases against the assailants, the [Hindu extremist] Bajrang Dal’s top […]

Christians Forced to ‘Reconvert,’ Banished from Village in India

Police decline to act, sources say.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Christians who worshipped privately in their homes in a village in eastern India were dragged to local leaders last month and forced to bow to a goddess idol, sources said. The mob action on June 14 followed an announcement two days earlier by the heads of Mahuatoli village, Gumla District […]

Christian Families Going Hungry as Villagers in India Deprive Them of Work, Homes

Grain thrown out; buying and selling denied.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Christians in various villages of Chhattisgarh state, India are going hungry as members of tribal religions deprive them of work and refuse to sell food to them, sources said. In the southern tip of Chhattisgarh state, villagers who practice tribal religion of ancestor and nature worship attacked the homes of […]

Officials Destroy Christian School, Hostel – and Founder’s Home – in Eastern India

Demolition crew beats director and his parents.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Authorities seized 12 tearful, fatherless children from a Christian ministry in eastern India last month after local officials demolished the ministry’s school and hostel, sources said. After Hindu extremists persuaded the district collector to demolish the hostel and school serving 250 students, child protection personnel and police on May 21 […]

Release of Imprisoned Christian Offers Hope for Justice for Wrongfully Convicted in India

Supreme Court grants bail after more than 10 years.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – When police took Gornath Chalanseth from his home in eastern India early on the morning of Dec. 13, 2008, he assumed they only wanted to question him over minor political activity in his capacity as a member of the local village council. Except for two brief releases on bail, he […]