Police in Uttar Pradesh, India, Most Harsh on Christians, Sources Say

Officers frequently bow to pressure from Hindu extremists.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Police in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state work in tandem with Hindu extremists to treat Christians and other religious minorities especially harshly, sources said. “The UP police force is very different from the rest of India,” Dinanath Jaiswar, a volunteer with legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom-India, told Morning […]

Christians in India Spend Christmas in Jail, Accused of Illegally Practicing Medicine

Law on unregistered medical practice invoked for healing prayer.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christians arrested in central India after Hindu nationalist, tribal villagers disrupted their worship service spent Christmas in jail before they were released on bail after 11 days – accused of illegally practicing medicine. Pastor Mukam Kiraad, 35, along with two members of his church, 40-year-old Lalsingh Tomar and 38-year-old […]

Axe-Wielding, Tribal Animists Set Bibles, Church Building Ablaze in Eastern India

Pastor and wife taken hostage for more than four hours.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Tribal animists in eastern India earlier this month surrounded a church building with axes, threatened to kill Christians within and later burned down the thatched-roof structure, sources said. Hard-line animists in Odisha state’s Perigaon village, Rayagada District, attacked on Dec. 1 after having raided Christians homes to seize and […]

Animists Opposing Christianity in India Find Allies in Maoists, Police, Hindu Extremists

Christians in tribal areas face persecution on many fronts.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – In an area of central India where tribal animists enlist Maoist militants to kill Christians who refuse to recant, Sodi Joga took it seriously when relatives threatened to kill him, his wife and 5-year-old daughter. “The villagers demanded that Joga and his family must partake in the cleansing ritual, […]

Fear of Hindu Extremist Violence Ends Christianity in Village in Northern India

Boy, 10, not spared in assault in Uttarakhand state.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – The gruesome beating of a pastor’s family in northern India last month showed why a woman who was once Christian returned to Hinduism – and joined the mob attacking them. “I was among the crowd abusing and accusing the Christian family,” the 30-year-old mother, whose name is withheld for security […]

Falsely Accused of Killing Hindu Leader in India, Five Christians Ordered To Be Freed

The fight for their acquittal remains.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – After spending 11 years behind bars for a murder they did not commit, five Christians in eastern India were finally ordered to be freed on Tuesday (Nov. 26), sources said. The Supreme Court of India issued a decision granting bail to the five Christians from Odisha (formerly Orissa) state […]

Pastor Beaten Unconscious Faces Charges by Hindu Extremists in Jharkhand, India

Family is attacked with axe, rods.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A pastor and his family in eastern India are facing police charges after Hindu extremists with an axe, bamboo rods and wooden sticks attacked them in their home, leaving the pastor for dead, sources said. The eight assailants, including a policeman, who attacked pastor Basant Kumar Paul as he […]

Police, Extremists Use Clampdown in Jammu and Kashmir, India to Thwart Christians

Order preventing assembly invoked to stop church services.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Heavy-handed revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s autonomy and statehood by the government of India three months ago has led to measures used against Christians, sources said. The government on Aug. 5 revoked the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir state in 1949 that allowed it to have its […]

U.S. Pastor Stranded in India after Arrest on Declarations Charge

Church leader says he was never asked to declare money.

NEW DELHI, India (Morning Star News) – A U.S. pastor attending a Sunday School conference in India is stranded in the country after he was arrested for failing to report money he was carrying. Pastor Bryan Nerren, 58, was traveling to Sikkim state in northeastern India for a Sunday school conference along with two U.S. […]

Police Put Christian Houses under Surveillance in Tamil Nadu State, India

Hindu extremists tell officers where Christians live so they can stop worship.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Police in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state have put several house churches under surveillance in order to stop worship, in violation of the country’s secular constitution, sources said. Police have told congregations to stop worship in homes in Anuperpalayem, Velampalayem, Kangeyam and several other villages in Tiruppur District, the […]