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, Discrimination against Christians Escalate in Sri Lanka

Hindu extremism emerging along with Buddhist aggression, advocates say.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Attacks and other actions against Christians in Sri Lanka have escalated this year, with Hindu extremism beginning to take root along with long-time Buddhist aggression, according to rights advocates. “Last month there have been more incidents that have been documented than previous months,” an attorney with the National Christian Evangelical […]

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 […]

Six Months after Medical Personnel Kill Christian in Pakistan, No Arrests, Brother Says

Counter-case against victim’s family rejected. 

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – More than six months after doctors and hospital staff members killed a Christian at a government hospital in Lahore, Pakistan, none of the suspects has been arrested, the victim’s brother said. Anil Saleem, brother of Sunil Saleem, told Morning Star News that police efforts have been lax in the Catholic family’s quest […]

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 […]

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 […]

Christian Loses Sight in One Eye in Attack by Muslim Neighbors

Pakistani Islamists try to drive out only Christian family on the block.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A young Christian man in Karachi, Pakistan lost sight in one eye when armed, Muslim neighbors attacked his family, his father said. Vikram John, 25, lost sight in his left eye after Muslim neighbors who had pressured his family to leave the neighborhood with months of harassment beat him and […]

Court in Nepal Sentences Pastor to 10 Years in Prison on Rape Conviction

Willingness to help poor children results in imprisonment, family says.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christians’ confidence in the judiciary in Nepal was shattered after a court sentenced a 63-year-old pastor to 10 years in prison on rape accusations the complainant later renounced, church leaders said. Pastor Govinda Prasad Dhakal, 63, was sentenced on June 7 upon conviction for “frequently raping a minor” he and […]