Mobs in India Threaten 16 Christian Families Every Night for Nearly Three Weeks

Pressure to convert back to tribal Sarna religion terrorizes villagers.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Tribal mobs armed with clubs went to the homes of 16 families of a church in Jharkhand state, India every night for nearly three weeks, threatening to kill them if they didn’t return to their animistic Sarna religion, a pastor said. “The persecutors were going with batons and wooden […]

U.S. Pastor Allowed to Return Home from India after More than Seven Months

Hindu nationalist government intended to forbid him to leave for at least five years.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Stranded in India for seven months and two weeks on a minor charge of failing to declare money, U.S. pastor Bryan Kevin Nerren was cleared of all allegations and allowed to return home this week, he said. “I am back with family and friends at home,” Pastor Nerren told […]

Police Arrest, Assault Christians Preparing Relief Aid in India

Officers pressured to accuse pastor, others of worship amid lockdown.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A pastor and seven others putting relief packets together for the poor were assaulted by police who arrested them on a baseless allegation of gathering too many for worship amid the coronavirus lockdown in India, sources said. Pastor Ramesh Kumar, 32, along with Christians Shri Chand, Rakesh Kumar and […]

Pastor in Nepal Re-Arrested on New Series of Charges to Keep Him in Jail, Sources Say

Church leader transferred to remote facility known for rights violations.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A pastor arrested in Nepal in March on charges of giving false information for saying prayer could heal COVID-19 was released last month – and then immediately re-arrested on new charges, sources said. Moments after releasing pastor Keshab Raj Acharya on bail on April 8, police re-arrested him on charges […]

Christian Families Summoned, Beaten and Threatened with Death in Chhattisgarh, India

Christ-followers in various villages refuse to renounce faith.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Animists in central India last week told five Christian families they would lose their harvest lands unless they returned to their tribal religion and beat them when they refused, sources said. When the families answered a summons to a meeting with Salhephal village leaders in Bastar District, Chhattisgarh state […]

False Allegations in Lynching in Western India Pose Threat to Christians

Hindu nationalists stir up anti-Christian sentiment.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – An attempt by Hindu nationalists and media in western India to blame Christians for the mob killing of three Hindus threatens to provoke violence against Christians, sources said. A tribal mob on April 16 killed the three men, two of them Hindu ascetics, in Gadchinchale village, Palghar District in […]

Expectations of Justice Low for Grieving Family of Street Sweeper in Pakistan

Christian sanitation workers face dangers from roads and coronavirus.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – When a Christian sanitation worker died after a police car struck him last week in Gujranwala, Pakistan, officers compensated his impoverished family with the equivalent of US$620. Rights advocates fear the Christian family likely will be forced to pardon the driver. The case typifies the discrimination and dangers that […]

Police Arrest Pastor on Fabricated Charges in Pakistan, Sources Say

Presbyterian minister upset officer by complaining of police wrong-doing.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Presbyterian assistant pastor Sarfaraz Raja was preparing to deliver a Good Friday sermon in Pakistan on April 10 when his brother informed him by phone that police had intruded into his house and were harassing his mother and other family members. Upset that the pastor had complained of police […]

Pastor in Central India Attacked for Police Report on Prior Assault, Expulsion

Family still living in open air after tribal animists drove them from home.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Tribal animists in central India who demolished a pastor’s house and drove him and his family out of their village in March seriously injured him in an assault this month, he said. After beating, choking and pelting pastor Lalu Kirade with a stone in the April 3 attack, the tribal […]

Gunmen Shoot, Wound Daughter of Pastor Slain in 2015 in Eastern India

Family members are told they had not ‘learned lesson.’

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A gunman at the door of a Christian family’s home in eastern India on Thursday (April 16) shot the daughter of a pastor who was killed in the same house five years ago, family members said. Neelam Purty, 25, sustained bullet wounds in her thumb and thigh in the […]