Police Detain Christians Providing Aid to the Poor in Tamil Nadu, India

Hindu nationalist beats church members, officer slaps them, pastor says.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Police in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state rushed to a slum where Christians were providing food and other aid earlier this month and detained them on false charges of forcible conversion, sources said. Marakkanam police in Viluppuram District humiliated the Christians, including the presbyter of the Viluppuram Church of […]

Christians Suffer Police Brutality, Illegal Arrests in Uttar Pradesh, India

Church members forced to pose like Christ on the cross during beating.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Forcing them to pose like Christ on the cross, police last week beat Christians in custody on baseless charges in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state, sources said. On March 15 a church of 200 people was immersed in a Sunday service when 30 Hindu extremists brandishing hockey sticks and […]

Fearing for Children’s Lives, Christian Family in India Refrains from Reporting Assault to Police

Expelled and homeless in jungle, 9-year-old girl is attacked and threatened.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Tribal animists in central India drove a Christian family into the jungle last week, with one later intercepting their 9-year-old girl and threatening to kill her if she went to school again, her father said. On Wednesday (March 11), two days after an attack expelling the Christians from Bilood […]

Christian Leader in Madhya Pradesh, India Run Over by Motorcycles, Sources Say

Church elder attacked after dropping his son off at school.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Violence against Christians in India hit a new level on March 4 when Hindu extremists ran their motorcycles over a key evangelical leader after beating him, sources said. Armed with bamboo rods and a thick metal chain with a heavy lock on it, the 10 Hindu nationalists in Sehore, […]

Tribal Villagers in India Beat Christian Family, Destroy Food Supply

Evangelist with injured relatives in hospital, afraid to go home.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Not finding the Christian evangelist they planned to attack at home, worshippers of village deities in central-eastern India beat his mother, wife and 11-month-old son and destroyed a year’s food supply, sources said. Podiya Tati’s mother, Jimmey Tati, has been in a hospital bed in Dantewada District, Chhattisgarh state […]

False Accusations Seriously Disrupt Lives of Eight Acquitted Christians in India

Trauma, lost income; 17-year-old still awaiting trial.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – False charges against eight Christians acquitted on Feb. 19 of kidnapping and forcible conversion in central India have traumatized families and cost them jobs, sources said. Schoolteacher Amiya Jal, one of the Christians arrested on May 22, 2017 for allegedly abducting and forcefully converting 59 children, was suspended from […]

Christians Suffer Two Months of Abuse in Jail on Baseless Charges in India

Police find no evidence for accusations but yield to Hindu extremist pressure.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Three Christians in northern India spent more than two months in jail suffering abuse from other prisoners, even though police found no evidence of wrongdoing and the complainant retracted his accusation, sources said. In Uttar Pradesh state’s Mau District, 23-year-old pastor Ajay Kumar, fellow pastor Om Prakash, 20, and […]

Church Decimated after Upper-Caste Hindus Stir Hostilities in Andhra Pradesh, India

Christians too fearful to show up after attacks.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Attacks and harassment of a house church in southern India have decimated the 40-member congregation and left the pastor injured and demoralized. Pastor Eswara Rao Appalabattula on Jan. 27 pleaded with about a dozen local residents to stop building a wall meant to block people from attending worship services […]

Hindu Extremists in Southern India Beat Christian Children, Accuse Worshippers

Assailants threaten to kill Christians.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Hindu extremists in southern India who beat Christian children during worship on Jan. 19 and then filed a police complaint against the congregation left them with a warning. “If we hear that you stepped out of your homes and told anybody about this, we will set your homes on […]

Severe Attack in Northern India Devastates Families, Church

Pastor, house-church homeowner lose their means of earning a living.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Before Pastor Jai Singh appeared before a judge in northern India and was jailed on false charges of luring people to convert, Hindu extremists had dragged him from house worship to a school where groups of six beat him in turns, he said. “From the school, they took me […]