Christians in Northern India Forced to Stop Worship, Pastor Says

Officers, Hindu extremists coerce church leader after police detain his son, he says.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Harassment of Christians by hard-line Hindus in northern India ended in police coercing a pastor to agree to stop holding worship in his home after an officer threatened to make false charges against his son, he said. The pastor said the coercion by police in Uttar Pradesh state came […]

Attacked Christians in India Risk Arrest if Worship Draws more Assaults

Police issue warning not to ‘disturb the peace.’

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Police in eastern India have threatened to arrest Christians for “disturbing the peace” if their worship draws more opposition after recent attacks, including one that has nearly cost an elderly woman her sight, sources said. Complaining that Christian prayers have driven away their nature-based gods, tribal animists in Badaguda, Odisha […]

Christian Hospitalized for More than Two Weeks after Assault in India

Hindu extremists in northern village beat him with iron rods.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A Christian father of seven in northern India was hospitalized for more than two weeks after Hindu extremists with iron rods interrupted his night prayers with his family and beat him at his home. Pappu Kumar, released from a hospital on Thursday (Aug. 13), was praying with his family […]

Hard-Line Hindu Neighbors Attack Pastor and Guests at His Home in India

Police refuse to listen to church leader, arrest victims.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Pastor Ramnivas Kumar had been attacked before, but in the latest instance he was stunned that police in eastern India arrested his bleeding guests based on transparently false accusations that they were robbers, he said. Christians Avinash Kumar and Rambali Ram were visiting Pastor Kumar’s home in Ranjitpur village, […]

Young Mother Is Fifth Christian Killed in India in Two Months

Hindu rapists target her daughter and other Christian girls in village, sources say.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A 26-year-old mother became the fifth Christian in two months to be killed in India last week when she refused to hand over her daughter to be raped by Hindus who had assaulted the girl and other Christian minors, sources said. Two masked Hindus on July 20 slit the […]

Christians in India Return to Village where Followers of Tribal Religion Attacked Them

Assailants are out on bail.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A Christian couple and their children were asleep in their beds in central India at 11 p.m. recently when villagers who follow the local tribal religion broke into their home and began beating them with wooden batons. The family of Bhima and Devi Markham fled from their home in […]

Fourth Christian in Less than Two Months Killed in India

Maoists recruited to shoot pastor to death, sources say.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Maoists in Maharashtra state killed a church pastor on Friday (July 10), the fourth death of a Christian for their faith in India since late May, sources said. In Bhatpar village, Gadchiroli District in the western peninsular state, pastor Munshi Devu Tado was leading a worship service on his […]

Christian Mother of Four in India Was Persecuted before Her Death

If homicide, it would be the third killing of a Christian in the country within a few weeks.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Tribal Hindus persecuted a widowed, Christian mother of four before her body was found severely mutilated in the wilderness near her village in Chhattisgarh, India, sources said. The body of 40-year-old Bajjo Bai Mandavi was initially unrecognizable as it appeared to have been eaten by wild animals when it […]

Christian Father of Two Killed in Jharkhand State, India

Tribal Adivasis opposed his conversion, raped his mother-in-law.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – When Kande Munda heard a knock on his door one night last month, the Christian father of two knew it was likely the same thugs and their colleagues in his area of Jharkhand, India who had harassed him for nearly four years. They were particularly upset that Munda had […]

Police Release Suspect in Attempted Killing of Pastor in India

Official from Hindu nationalist party pressures officers, sources say.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Under pressure from an official in the ruling Hindu nationalist political party, police in Uttar Pradesh state, India have released without charges a suspect in the attempted killing of a pastor last month, sources said. “When we entered the police station for the identification process, the attacker was treated […]