Hard-Line Sikhs, Hindus Persecute Christians in Northern India

Pastor thrown off motorbike, accused of illicit relationship.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Villagers hostile toward Christians in northern India falsely accused a pastor of an illicit relationship with a woman and, in another village, burned a church building, sources said. As people throughout the country on Nov. 7 prepared to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, neighbors alerted pastor Satpal Masih […]

Tribal Leaders Join Hands with Hindu Extremists to Persecute Christians in Jharkhand, India

Police harm more than help victims.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Five families in eastern India were at a worship service last month when they received a phone call telling them to return to their homes immediately. The Christians rushed nearly four miles from their church in Lisiya village to their homes in Durula, West Singhbhum District in Jharkhand state, where […]

Persecution of Christians Radiates Outward from Hub in Northern India, Sources Say

Fear spreads throughout churches in Uttar Pradesh.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Attacks on Christians that began in one area of Uttar Pradesh in July have spiked and spread, instilling fear in congregations throughout the state, sources said. After several attacks in Jaunpur District in July, by the end of October persecution of Christians had spread to 32 of Uttar Pradesh’s 75 […]

Outbreak of Violence against Christians in Assam, India Sparks Concern

Hindu extremist attacks reach northeastern state.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Three acts of aggression against Christians in Assam state, India in one month have raised concerns among Christian leaders. “We have seen sporadic incidents happen in Assam in the past – but three incidents of violence within a month against the Christian community has built a sense of insecurity among […]

Police Attack, Threaten Christians in Tamil Nadu State, India

Officers of the law beat or harass various congregations.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Police officers rushed into a praise service at a house in Tamil Nadu state and began hitting worshippers in another violent month for Christians, sources said. A female police inspector identified only as Jeyalakshmi and five police officers on Oct. 6 entered the house where Christians were spending the […]

Beaten, Kidnapped, Arrested – and Forced to Stop Evangelizing

In Rajasthan, India, pastor faces one injustice after another.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – When Pastor Mathai Varghese was beaten and abducted by Hindu extremists in Rajasthan state, India, police gave chase and arrested the kidnappers – as well as the pastor. His car ruined and his body bloodied, he spent a night and the next day in jail with serious injuries unattended before […]

Violence against Christians Ratchets Up in Southern India

Worshippers increasingly live in fear.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Christians in southern India are increasingly living in fear as the level of violence against them continues to rise, sources said. The southern states of Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala saw at least 60 cases of persecution of Christians in the first nine months of 2018, compared […]

Christian Teenager Jailed on Baseless Rape Charge in India, Sources Say

Church members fear expulsion from village.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A 16-year-old Christian and three others in eastern India have been in jail for more than a month on a baseless rape charge, sources said. Tarai Beda village leaders in Kondagaon District, Chhattisgarh state who worship tribal and Hindu deities had Piso Ram arrested days after a 16-year-old girl accompanied […]

Hindu Extremists Accelerate Clampdown on Christians in Uttar Pradesh, India

Pastors in hiding after police, media deployed against them.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Under the influence of Hindu extremists, police and media campaigns against Christians in Uttar Pradesh state, India have mushroomed since one such attack sent a pastor into hiding last month, sources said. After false media reports of large-scale, fraudulent conversions of Hindus by pastor Durga Prasad Yadav in Jaunpur District […]

Hindu Extremists, Media Attack Large Church in Uttar Pradesh, India

‘To me, to live is Christ and to die is gain,’ says pastor.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Dismissing an initial investigation that cleared Christians of wrongdoing, police under pressure from Hindu extremists are pursuing false charges against a pastor and 270 others, sources said. After appearing to halt Hindu nationalists’ efforts to shut down a large church in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state, police who had told […]