Fiery Ordeal for Pastor, Church, Widower in Jammu and Kashmir State, India

Hindu extremist mob tries to burn husband along with deceased wife’s body.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Pastor Jeewer Joeswa wasn’t sure what to think when a massive, chanting Hindu throng in northern India brought the corpse of a Christian woman to his church site – then set the building on fire. Seema Devi, 23, had put her faith in Christ several months before, after the pastor had […]

Government, Police in India Thwart Threatened Attacks on Christians

Striking example of what officials can do with political will, bishop says.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – The Rev. Shaju Devassy was quietly attending to his work as director of a Catholic graduate college in central India on Dec. 30 when police showed up and told him a mob of angry Hindu protestors was on its way. Police in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh state held the 70-strong mob […]

Pastor Found Dead in Tamil Nadu, India

Body appears to have been hung after death, church members say.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – The body of a pastor in southern India was found hung from the thatched roof of his house early Saturday morning (Jan. 20), a week after he complained to police about opposition from Hindu extremists, sources said. Congregation members said they found the body of pastor Gideon Periyaswamy of Maknayeem Church […]

Pastors Draw Close to God as Tribal Churches Are Attacked in India

Indigenous leaders appear to join forces with Hindu nationalists to assault Christians.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – When Hindu extremists in India told pastor Karma Oraon they would not stop beating him until he worshipped the monkey god, he felt Christ close to him, he said. “In those moments when they were kicking and beating me, I felt that even if I die now, the Lord will […]

Police, Hindu Extremists Halt Christmas Celebrations in Uttar Pradesh, India

Militant Hindu nationalists feel free to attack under BJP government.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Summoned to a police station after Hindu extremists stopped his church’s worship last month, a pastor in northern India brought some 50 Christians with him to help plead for his rights. But 45-year-old pastor David Amarnath of Pathakpur village in Bhadohi District, Uttar Pradesh state, was taken aback by what […]

Christians in India Strive to Overcome Typical Entrapment Scheme

Hindu extremists increasingly trying to frame pastors.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – After being framed on false charges earlier this year, two Christians in eastern India recently spent a month in jail, where inmates beat them after discovering they were accused of defiling Hinduism, sources said. Months after two Hindu extremists in Bihar state tried – and failed – to trap pastor […]

Hindu Extremists Block, Disrupt Large-Scale Prayer Service in India

In neighboring state, Christmas carolers arrested.

DELHI (Morning Star News) – Hindu extremists in Chhattisgarh state this month kept hundreds of Christians from a prayer service and attacked those who managed to attend, and in neighboring Madhya Pradesh a frivolous accusation led to the arrest of Christmas carol singers, sources said. At a prayer service where 2,000 people were expected in Tarra […]

Police Complicit in Hindu Extremist Attack on Christians in Tamil Nadu, India, Sources Say

Hindu nationalist group denies working with police to stop Christianity.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Police arrested Christians who were attacked by Hindu nationalists in Tamil Nadu state, India, then tried to portray the incident as a fight between two parties, sources said. The Hindu extremists savagely beat four Christians, including a woman whose hand they fractured, for conducting a pre-Christmas charity event for destitute […]

Christians Beaten, Falsely Charged and Jailed in Mob Attack in India, Sources Say

Come, let us burn them alive,’ Hindu extremists shout.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Seven Christians in India have been booked on charges of hurting religious feelings after Hindu extremists savagely beat them when they gathered to pray for a sick man at his home, sources said. Police in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh state on Dec. 4 charged the six Christian men and one woman […]

Hindu Extremists Beat Pastors, Stop Gospel Event in Chhattisgarh State, India

Police complicit in harassment, Christian leaders say.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Berating and slapping two pastors into signing an apology letter before police, Hindu extremists stopped a planned three-day gospel meeting in Chhattisgarh state, India minutes before it was to begin, sources said. Hindu nationalists beat pastor Vijay Jogi and pastor Santosh Rao minutes before the start of the first meeting, […]