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 […]

Police Thwart Plan to Burn Church Buildings in India

One worship site torched.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Plans to burn several church buildings in central India came to an end on Sunday (Feb. 12) after officers arrested three Hindu extremists, but not before they had set one structure ablaze, police said. Pastor Mahesh Kumre of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaukipura village (under tribal-dominated Sukhtawa block), Madhya […]

Pastor in India Kept in Jail on Baseless Charges, Christians Say

Anti-conversion statutes again weaponized by Hindu extremists.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A pastor in northern India remains in jail after more than three months despite winning bail because Hindu extremists filed new false charges against him, his wife said. “We are going through troubled times, and we don’t know when this will come to an end,” said Preeti Masih, whose husband, […]

Sikh in India Leads Pastor into Knife Attack

Church leader works as taxi driver.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A Christian pastor in northern India who drives a taxi for a living didn’t think he had anything to fear when a well-mannered Sikh asked him to take a slight detour. Pastor Sukhdev Mark, 47, had dropped him off the previous night at a hotel in Ambala, Haryana state after […]

Christian Family Suffers after Arrests at Birthday Party

Mother, others jailed after false allegations by Hindu extremists.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A Christian mother and her family in northern India have suffered assaults and threats since she and others were arrested from her son’s birthday party on false accusations of fraudulent conversion, her husband said. “Our lives have turned into a living hell as we struggle to survive each day with […]

Hindu Relatives Suspected of Killing Christian in India

Family members threatened to burn him alive, sources say.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christians in eastern India suspect a church member’s Hindu family killed him last month for refusing to renounce his faith, sources said. In West Bengal state’s Gobindapur village, Jhargram District, Hindu relatives of Madhab Gorai had threatened to burn him to death and feared his faith jeopardized his daughter’s impending […]

Police in India Assault, Charge Pastor for Family Devotional

Officers tie him to tree and beat him, sources say.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Nearly two months after police arrested a pastor in India from his grandmother’s home, tied him to a tree and beat him, threats from officers and others have kept him from filing a complaint on the brutality, sources said. Pastor Pravesh Kumar of Amamahua, Uttar Pradesh state was visiting a […]

Christians Accuse Policeman in India of Destroying Church Building

Officer threatened to arrest, kill them, they say.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – After months of appeals to officials in central India, Christians are still awaiting action against a police officer alleged to have burned down a church building and threatened them with false charges if they continue worshiping, sources said. In Chhattisgarh state’s Kistaram village, Konta District, Sub-Inspector Bhavesh Shende on Feb. […]

Christians Left without Homes after Easter Attack in India

Yearly supply of food destroyed.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Tribal villagers in eastern India assaulted three Christian families and destroyed their homes on Easter Sunday (April 17), sources said. The assailants, followers of tribal nature-worshipping religion, were upset that the Christian families in Odisha state’s Ejariguda village, Malkangiri District, were preparing for Easter rather than their traditional festival, said […]

18 Christians in India Jailed, Fight False Charge of Five Years Ago

Widow among church members arrested over baseless accusation.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christians falsely charged with crimes related to an act of vandalism in central India five years ago spent five days in jail and are fighting the case anew after it mysteriously resurfaced, sources said. The 18 Christians, including a widow, in Chhattisgarh state’s Bhelwapal village, Sukma District, were jailed March […]