Christian Leaders Are Attacked with Swords in Northern India

Sikh warrior group warned them against worship, conversions.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A group belonging to a Sikh warrior order last week attacked a pastor and another Christian with swords and knives in northern India’s Punjab state for leading church worship in their village. Four Nihang Sikhs, who as members of the traditional warrior group are permitted to carry such weapons, attacked […]

Christian Couple in India Sentenced to Prison

Pastor and wife wrongly convicted of ‘forcible conversion,’ he says.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A Christian couple in India has been sentenced to prison after Hindu extremists instigated a false case of forcible conversion against them, sources said. A woman they are accused of pressuring denied in court that the Christians tried to forcibly/fraudulently convert her or her husband, but Pastor Ramesh Ahirwar and […]

Persecution of Christians Escalates in India, EFI Reports

Alarming increase of cases in Uttar Pradesh and other states.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – India’s Christians suffered an alarming escalation of violence, hatred and systematic oppression last year, according to the Religious Liberty Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI-RLC). The 601 cases of persecution against Christians in India in 2023 marked a 45 percent increase over the 413 instances recorded the previous […]

Christian Family in India Beaten, Separated from Children

Tribal villagers expel couple for refusing to renounce Christ.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A Christian couple in central India have not seen their two young children for more than a month after an attack by followers of traditional tribal religion drove them from their village for refusing to recant their faith. Aayatu Ram Podiyami, 35, was assaulted twice in Gupanpal village, Sukma District, […]

Baseless Charge in India Leaves Pastor, Family in Ruins

Hindu nationalists weaponize ‘anti-conversion’ law against Christian.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Not even a judge’s reprimand of police spared an impoverished pastor in India from being jailed on baseless claims of fraudulent conversion, one of the latest examples of how Hindu extremists misuse “anti-conversion” laws. Pastor Bajarang Rawat, a 47-year-old convert from Hinduism in Mohanlalganj, Lucknow District in Uttar Pradesh state, […]

Police in India Press Churches to Provide Information on Activities

Notices have chilling effect on worship gatherings.

HYDERABAD, India, (Morning Star News) – Police in India have issued questionnaires to at least 40 churches in Indore, Madhya Pradesh state seeking information that Christians fear will be used by Hindu extremists to attack them, sources said. The questionnaires are intrusive and discriminatory, as they were sent only to Christians, church leaders said. “We […]

Christian in India Charged with Human Trafficking, Allurement

Police beat, file baseless case against educator.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Police in central India on July 26 beat a Christian educator and filed baseless charges against him of human trafficking and fraudulent conversion of eight Christian students he was escorting to a Bible institute, sources said. After arresting Liju Kuriakose off of a bus in Manikpur, Chhattisgarh state, police officers […]

Christian Family Traumatized by Ethnic Violence in India

Religious motives appear amid primarily tribal bases for attacks.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – On the evening of May 3, an ethnic Christian in northern India’s Manipur state received a call from a relative advising her to pack up and leave home with her children immediately. Manngaihlun Tombing, of the Kuki ethnic minority in Churachandpur, did not take it seriously, she said. The worst […]

Religious Facet Seen in Ethnic Violence in Manipur, India

Christians likely targeted in inter-tribal attacks, sources say.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A surge of ethnic violence with a growing religious component in northeastern India led to the killing on Friday (June 9) of a woman in her church building and two other Christians, sources said. The attack by ethnic Meitei with automatic rifles in Manipur state’s Khoken village, on the boundary […]

Hindu Extremists Jail Pastors, Close Churches in India

Baseless charges leave leaders and their families in anguish.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Having spent a month in jail on baseless charges before his release on bail, Pastor R. Kirubendran was baffled at hostilities from police, media and villagers after serving a community in northern India without problem for several years. An explanation likely lies in the pattern of false accusations by Hindu […]