Pastor in India Driven from Home after Police Torture, Threats

Officers arrive with news reporter, reviling him and Christianity.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A pastor in northern India was forced to leave his village and flee with his family more than 600 miles away after police last month tortured and threatened him, he said. Officers in Uttarakhand state on June 13 arrested pastor Sanjay Kumar Bharati, his wife, children and several members of […]

Christian Father Charged after Hindus Attack Daughter in India

Church member apparently pressured into giving false statement.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Hard-line Hindus in northern India who attacked a young Christian woman have filed fabricated charges against her father – basing their case on testimony from a Christian relative apparently pressured into giving a false statement, sources said. The father, Shriram Gautam, was charged with outraging the modesty of a woman […]

Pastor in Northern India Killed for His Faith, Sources Say

Ferocity of attack indicates anti-Christian motive, wife and Christian leaders say.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A suspected criminal recently released on bail in northern India killed a pastor on Wednesday (June 30) for sharing the “love and forgiveness of Christ” with him, sources said. Sonu Kashyap, a Hindu of Sangoi village in Karnal District, Haryana state, attacked pastor Vinod Kumar with a wooden roof truss […]

Christian Families Driven into Jungles of Eastern India

Police advise them to renounce Christ, victims say.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Tribal animists forced more than 50 Christians from three villages to flee their homes and take shelter in the jungles of eastern India last month. The Christians belong to 13 tribal families of Rayagada District, Odisha state who have been stranded in the jungle without proper shelter, food, water and […]

Pastor Seriously Wounded, Father Killed in Northern India

Tribal relatives arrested on murder charges.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Relatives of a pastor in northern India killed his Christian father with axe and sword blows and seriously wounded the church leader and his brother for leaving tribal religion, sources said. While local media and police portrayed the May 18 attack in Rajasthan state as a dispute over land, Pastor […]

Pastor Contracts COVID-19 after Assault in Eastern India

Wife knocked unconscious, uncle injured – and criminally charged.

(Update: On June 5, pastor Ramnivas Kumar died of COVID-19. The original story of May 26 follows.) NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A pastor in eastern India contracted COVID-19 while seeking treatment at hospitals where personnel were reluctant to admit him for injuries sustained in a Hindu extremist assault last month, sources said. Pastor Ramnivas […]

Police Rescue – then Jail – Christian Family Attacked in India

Authorities again succumb to pressure by Hindu extremists.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Police in India who initially took a pastor and his family into custody to protect them from an attack by a 300-member Hindu extremist mob were pressured into jailing them under a baseless charge of forcible conversion, sources said. Pastor Manu Damor, 35, remains in Depalpur jail a month after […]

Christian Pastor Paraded, Injured, Forced into Hindu Ritual

Church leader in southwest India loses hearing in one ear.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Pastor Sanjay Bhandari had taken his wife for a medical check-up earlier this month when they decided to visit her sister in the same area in Karnataka state, southwest India – only to be attacked as they were drinking tea. “While we were still having tea, a few men barged […]

Christians Confined to Home by Police, Tribal Threats in India

Young children among family members beaten.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A Christian family in eastern India has been confined to their home for months amid police threats to jail them for “breach of peace” after tribal mob assaults for leaving their native religion, sources said. The mob of tribal followers of native religion gathered police and news media to accompany […]

Christians Forced to ‘Re-Convert’ to Tribal Religion in Central India

Four families assaulted and cut off from water, fields.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – When followers of tribal deities in central India threatened to kill 10 Christian families if they refused to participate in a “re-conversion” ceremony back to their ancestral religion last month, all but 10 Christians fled the village. “The village gathering threatened to beat us to death if we did not […]