Hindu Extremists Suspected in False Charges against Pastor in India, Sources Say

Christians face various kinds of persecution in Jharkhand state.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News)– A pastor could face life in prison after police in eastern India falsely charged him with leading a tribal rebel movement, sources said. Christian leaders in Khunti District, Jharkhand state suspect Hindu extremists are behind the sudden, baseless accusations against pastor Jidan Herenz in March, when he was charged with sedition […]

Hindu Extremists in India Create Nightmare for Pastor’s Family

‘Somehow we have adjusted to this abnormal normal.’

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – When a Hindu in northern India got rid of the idols in his house after several visits to a church, Hindu nationalists found the perfect opportunity to make life a nightmare for a pastor’s family, sources said. Since the Hindu nationalists accused pastor Avianshu Kalra of desecration of Hindu idols […]

Police in India Demand Money to Release Falsely Accused Christians, Sources Say

Christians arrested for praying in their home.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – About an hour before midnight on July 31, three policemen and a Hindu neighbor barged into a Christian woman’s house in northern India and ordered her and her husband to either give them money or go to jail. The couple was immersed in prayer with their children and two other […]

Hindu Extremist Sexually Assaults Pastor’s Wife at Church Service in India, Sources Say

After failed rape attempt and beating, police charge victim and her husband, sources say.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Pratibha Stephen was immersed in worship at the house church her husband pastors in Tamil Nadu state, India when a man suddenly burst through the back door, shouting angrily. The intruder interrupted an elderly man’s singing and cymbal-playing by twisting his hands behind his back at the Jesus Power Ministries […]

Pastor in Hiding from Hindu Extremists – and Police – after Attack on His Church in India

Families terrorized in assault on congregation built on healing ministry.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Brandishing hockey sticks and a gun that was fired on house-church grounds, masked Hindu extremists assaulted Christians in Uttar Pradesh, India. After the July 2 assault that terrorized families and sent nine of about 50 injured Christians to the hospital for treatment, influential Hindus pressured police to file charges against […]

Arson Attacks Hit Churches in Tamil Nadu, India

Hindu extremists suspected.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Three church buildings were set ablaze in six weeks in the state in southern India with the most attacks against Christians this year, sources said. In one case, a church building in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state was burned to ashes after Christians refused to donate to an annual Hindu […]

Christians in Rajasthan, India Harassed with False Charges, Church Leaders Say

Jailed evangelists preach to would-be murderers.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – When evangelists in India were accused of fraudulent conversion in a village at a time when they were hundreds of miles from it, they knew powers beyond their control were at play. Pastor Kasiram Meghwal, 46, was leading his church in Choru, Rajasthan, 410 miles from the village near Khajuwala […]

Hindu Extremists Launch Multifaceted Attack on Pastor, Son in Southern India

Church leader threatened with execution.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Falsely accused of running a brothel, a badly beaten pastor in Tamil Nadu state jumped out of a moving car to save himself from Hindu extremists who were threatening to kill him. The hard-line Hindu mob had attacked pastor Jayaseelan Natarajan on June 20 as he and his son visited […]

Pastor in India Arrested while Securing Affidavits on Converts’ Faith

Hindu extremists threaten 16 Christians and their families.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A pastor in Uttar Pradesh state, India was filing affidavits stating that 16 people had become Christians of their own will this week when Hindu extremists came and accused him of forcible conversion – resulting in his incarceration. After manhandling and jailing 58-year-old Dependra Prakash Maleywar on Monday (June 18) […]

Christians Arrested at Wedding Site on ‘Forcible Conversion’ Charge in India, Relatives Say

Pastor, guest also jailed.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Two weeks ago a Christian couple in eastern India was about to get married, not knowing the bride’s father had filed a false complaint of forcible conversion against them, relatives said. As they were preparing for the wedding on May 28, police in Jharkhand state arrived at the site of […]