Hindu Extremists’ Level Spurious Accusation of ‘Conversion Racket’ in India, Sources Say

Police officers beat, ridicule Christians.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Christians in eastern India were worshipping on April 29 when Hindu extremists attacked and had them arrested on baseless accusations of operating a “conversion racket,” sources said. Three of seven Christians arrested have been in jail since then, and yesterday a judge in Danapur, Bihar state, rejected their plea for […]

Gunmen Execute Gruesome Killing of Pastor in Jharkhand State, India

Maoists take responsibility, but Christians see hand of Hindu extremists.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Maoists took responsibility for the gruesome slaying of a pastor in eastern India last night (May 1), but area Christians said they suspected Hindu extremists put them up to it. Abraham Topno, pastor of Pentecostal Church of God, was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in Ranchi District, Jharkhand state, who slit […]

‘Anti-Conversion’ Bill Becomes Law in Uttarakhand State, India

Northern state becomes seventh to put into effect legislation routinely used to jail Christians with baseless accusations.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Uttarakhand has become the seventh state in India to put “anti-conversion” legislation in force. Gov. Krishna Kant Paul on April 18 signed the “Freedom of Religion” bill (Dharma Swatantrata Adhiniyam), which the state Legislative Assembly passed. “The bill has been signed by the governor,” Ravi Bijarniya, assistant director for information […]

Hindu Extremist Influence in India Shown in Easter Attacks

Current climate reflected in rash of assaults.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Pastor Sunder Singh’s church in southern India was about to take Holy Communion the day before Easter when he saw smoke billowing in from a window pane. He was sitting across from the pulpit as a guest pastor was leading the service in Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu state, where about 200 […]

Police Slow to Respond to Vicious Attack on Pastor in Uttar Pradesh, India

‘I have found favor in God’s eye. I am blessed to have suffered for His name.’

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – In a village in northern India, pastor Rakesh Kumar Masih passed out from the pain of Hindu extremists beating his genitals, and they left him for dead. The sun was shining bright when the Hindu nationalists stormed into the house of one of his church members, where some Christians had […]

Hard-line Hindu Confesses to Attempted Murder of Pastor in Southern India, Police Say

Axe attack leaves house church leader within 30 minutes of death, doctor says.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A hard-line Hindu has confessed to attempting to murder a pastor in southern India as the Christian leader was praying at night, according to police. Pastor Madira Koti Reddy, who leads a house church in Rentachintala village, Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh state, on March 29 had gone to his […]

Hindu Extremists Turn Tribal, Animist Villagers against Christians in India

Assault drives five families out of village for nearly a week.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – About 20 villagers questioning Christians gathered for worship in a home in Odisha state, India were animists who worshipped objects in nature and other gods, but Hindu nationalists had led them there. “Why have you left your ancestral faith and begun following the Christian faith?” a few of them asked, […]

Ferocity of Hindu Extremist Attacks Stuns Christians in Tamil Nadu, India

Assailants try to humiliate church members into becoming Hindus.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Before Hindu extremists attacking a church in southern India this month repeatedly kicked a pastor’s wife in the face, rendering her unconscious, they tried to snatch her Bible from her. Persia Jacob, 38, clasped the Bible close to her heart as they tried to seize it. “I will die, but […]

Pastor’s Family Assaulted in Southern India

Police come under pressure to file counter charge against Christians.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – On a recent Monday at noon in southern India, a pastor’s family in Telangana state noticed motorcycles parked outside their church gate and a gang of young men loudly reading the church banner. The banner of the church in Ramachandrapuram village, Karimngar District, included 2 Cor. 12:9, “My grace is sufficient […]

Hindu Extremists in Eastern India Attack Christians Coming Off Bus

Two Christians hospitalized.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christians on their way to a recent Christian camp in eastern India shared the purpose of their trip with fellow bus passengers, not realizing one of them was a Hindu extremist. He began to argue about conversion with the Christians, mostly women and children, including a native missionary from a […]