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 […]

Police in Pakistan Kill Young Christian Man in Raid, Relatives Say

Officers notorious for filing false charges, then blackmailing the poor, they say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Poor Christians in Pakistan commonly see police target them for extortion on false charges, and last week such a case ended in the death of a 24-year-old Christian, relatives said. On the assumption that Christians with few legal resources can be targeted with impunity in the 96-percent Muslim country, policemen […]

Police Complicit in Hindu Extremist Persecution of Christians in Tamil Nadu, India, Sources Say

Officers refuse to help pastor’s mother suffering seizure in custody, they say.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – After three policemen in southern India interrupted a pastor as he preached this month, his 58-year-old mother accompanied him to the police station. Officers told them to sit on the floor. Pastor Paul Joshua’s mother, Florence Jacintha, would face worse treatment at Peelamedu police station in Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu […]

Pastor’s Wife Hides Husband from Hindu Extremists Seeking to Kill Him in Northern India

Police disparage Christians for holding worship services, sources say.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – In an attack on a church service in northern India that left a 55-year-old man unconscious, the wife of a pastor hid her husband after Hindu extremists said they would kill him, sources said. Women and children were not spared in the attack by 25 masked extremists armed with wooden […]

Christians in Nepal Suspect Hindu Extremists in Sudden Attacks on Churches

Perpetrators remain free, while six Christians jailed on unrelated charges.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christians in Nepal are alarmed after this month’s sudden series of arson and bomb attacks on four church buildings, and church leaders suspect authorities are lax in investigating. At the same time, six Christians were arrested for evangelizing while suspected Hindu extremists launched attacks on three church buildings and bombed […]

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 […]

Christian Woman in Pakistan Dies after Being Set on Fire

Muslim suitor insisted she renounce Christ and marry him, relatives say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian woman in Pakistan died on Sunday night (April 22) after a Muslim in the Sialkot area set her on fire for refusing to convert to Islam and marry him, relatives said. Muhammad Rizwan Gujjar poured kerosene on 25-year-old Asma Yaqoob and set her on fire on Wednesday (April […]