Hindu Nationalism Increasingly Evident in India, Sources Say

Mob reflects notion that all things non-Hindu have no place in country.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – The Hindu nationalists shouting at Christian leaders who were summoned to a police station in southern India asked what gave them the right to lead Christian congregations in a Hindu country. “Who gave you the permission to run a church in a Hindu country?” they shouted, falsely accusing the three […]

Public Awareness, Pressure Help Persecuted Christians Win Justice in India

Christian victims arrested again, but outcry saves them.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – An attorney representing Christians threatened at a wedding in northern India – with police joining in the verbal abuse and then arresting the Christians – couldn’t believe what was now happening to him. Attorney Harjinder Singh had gone to the workplace of the Sikh leader who organized the disruption of […]

Reporting Persecution to Police a Vanishing Option for Christians in India

Hindu extremists beat, deprive them of basic services in Bihar state.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Persecution of Christians in Bihar state, India, has so intensified in the past two years that Pastor Shelton Viswanathan didn’t dare call police after Hindu extremists broke bones in his hand and foot. “If I force the police to register cases against the assailants, the [Hindu extremist] Bajrang Dal’s top […]

Christians Forced to ‘Reconvert,’ Banished from Village in India

Police decline to act, sources say.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Christians who worshipped privately in their homes in a village in eastern India were dragged to local leaders last month and forced to bow to a goddess idol, sources said. The mob action on June 14 followed an announcement two days earlier by the heads of Mahuatoli village, Gumla District […]

Christian Families Going Hungry as Villagers in India Deprive Them of Work, Homes

Grain thrown out; buying and selling denied.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Christians in various villages of Chhattisgarh state, India are going hungry as members of tribal religions deprive them of work and refuse to sell food to them, sources said. In the southern tip of Chhattisgarh state, villagers who practice tribal religion of ancestor and nature worship attacked the homes of […]

Officials Destroy Christian School, Hostel – and Founder’s Home – in Eastern India

Demolition crew beats director and his parents.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Authorities seized 12 tearful, fatherless children from a Christian ministry in eastern India last month after local officials demolished the ministry’s school and hostel, sources said. After Hindu extremists persuaded the district collector to demolish the hostel and school serving 250 students, child protection personnel and police on May 21 […]

Release of Imprisoned Christian Offers Hope for Justice for Wrongfully Convicted in India

Supreme Court grants bail after more than 10 years.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – When police took Gornath Chalanseth from his home in eastern India early on the morning of Dec. 13, 2008, he assumed they only wanted to question him over minor political activity in his capacity as a member of the local village council. Except for two brief releases on bail, he […]

Villagers in India Deprive Five Christian Families of Farmland, Food, Water

District officials enforce country’s freedom of religion.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Village leaders in eastern India prohibited five Christian families from working on their farms or walking on the main road before district authorities this month revoked the order, sources said. Leaders of Banhardi village, in Jharkhand state’s Latehar District, told the five families in April to either convert back to […]

Fire at Historic Church Building on Easter Stuns, but Does Not Stop, Worshipers in India

Police advise pastor to avoid mentioning fire in complaint.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – It was a different kind of Easter celebration this year for Pastor Anil Juit of Maranatha Full Gospel Church in eastern India. Opening the door of the historic church building in Arrah, in Bihar state’s Bhojpur District, on Easter Sunday (April 21), he found a gaping hole in the back […]

Food Deprivation, Beatings and Jail as Christians Suffer in Jharkhand, India

Hindu extremists influence those who practice tribal religion.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A longstanding Hindu extremist practice of turning animistic villagers against Christians has intensified as elections get underway in India today, with tribal villagers taught that Christianity is anti-Indian. Upset about tribal Adivasi relatives leaving the animistic Sarna religion to become Christians, 60-year-old Sanpitha Majhi attacked a 28-year-old Christian mother he […]