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Feb 8







A statue of the Virgin Mary was set on fire in Madhya Pradesh, in the village of Ishgar, which falls under the diocese of Jhabua. Sajan K George says that the fire "took place on 3 February last. The statue of Mary was found burnt in the grotto of the parish of St. Joseph, about 10 km away from the archbishop's house". The Christian community, he adds, "is very disturbed and its religious sentiment is deeply wounded". Read more.

Feb 7












Legal Struggle of Doctor Reflects Wider Harassment of Christians in India. Hindu extremist government reminded that practicing one’s faith is not unlawful.Emergency medicine doctor Christo Thomas Philip was returning with his family to his native India from a medical conference in Greece when immigration officials at Delhi’s Indira Ghandi International Airport took him into custody. His deportation from India on that day, April 26, 2016, came after working for three years treating destitute people on the verge of death from snakebites, HIV, diphtheria, tuberculosis and heart failure, among other conditions, in Raxaul, a remote area of eastern India’s Bihar state. He was planning to return to his work there at the emergency care unit of Duncan Hospital. Read more

Feb 7









Magazine affiliated with Hindu extremists asks India to derecognize Vatican. An Indian magazine has asked the federal government to derecognize the Vatican as a state for the Church’s alleged interference in the country’s politics. Church’s political interference should make Indian government sit up and formally take note, says an article swarajyamag.com published on February 4. The Indian government “must either issue a cease and desist demarche to the Vatican’s representative in Delhi, or derecognize the Vatican as a state altogether. Read more

Feb 5







Hindu Extremists Pressure Convert to File False Charge against a Pastor in India. The pastor is facing criminal charges even though the complainant later denied allegations against the church leader of luring him to convert, sources said. Police in Rupaidiha village, Uttar Pradesh state on Jan. 28 arrested 40-year-old pastor Dharmendra Singh on a charge of “alluring to convert” and two related charges – outraging religious feelings and promoting enmity. Read more

Jan 28








At least 98 Christians belonging to 23 tribal families have been "reconverted" to Hinduism in Tripura on Jan. 20, a far-right Hindu group The Hindu Jargan Manch claimed. Uttam Dey, president of the outfit said that, mostly those migrant workers from Bihar and Jharkhand, were converted to Christianity in 2010. "It is as if the lost family members had returned home," Dey added, according to Hindustan Times. The mass conversion ceremony was sponsored by the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP). Read more

Jan 28









Catholic Priest Arrested Over Teen's Suicide: A Catholic priest has been arrested on Jan. 15 on charges over the suicide of a teenage girl in Madhya Pradesh. Fr Prakash Damor of Jhabua Diocese was arrested more than a week after the schoolgirl was found hanging at her village home in Ranapur in MP, leaving a suicide note saying the 33-year-old priest forced her to change religion and marry him.Fr Rocky Shah, Diocesan spokesman told ucanews.com that the church officials believe the priest was framed and arrested for no fault of his own.
"He will be exonerated in a court of law," he said. Read more

Jan 7








four Christians arrested for 'forced conversions'Police in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) arrested and then released four Christians, Mr. Sonu Kumar, Mr. Rakesh Maurya, Mr. Satnam and Mr. Shribaghwan aka Munna, on charges of forced conversions. They were detained in Kasimaba of Ghazipur district of UP. Mr. Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), denounced "the detention" by police. Though the incident occurred a few days ago, it came to light only today. Read more
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