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05/11/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catholics say BJP doctored letter to garner votes ahead of Karnataka elections. The Catholic Church in India has deplored a “fake” letter widely circulated in social and mainstream media alleging a Catholic conspiracy ahead of tomorrow’s elections in southern Karnataka state.

“This is totally unacceptable. This is a blatant attempt to spread lies,” Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), told World Watch Monitor today (11 May). Read more

05/09/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hindu Extremists’ Level Spurious Accusation of ‘Conversion Racket’ in India, Sources Say Police officers beat, ridicule Christians.

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 bail. Read more

05/08/2018

 

 

 

 

 

Court orders extra payment to Christian widows of 14 who died in India riots. Following a long-fought campaign, the High Court of Odisha state in eastern India has ensured the disbursal of extra compensation awarded two years ago to dependants of 14 Christians killed in the widespread anti-Christian violence that engulfed Kandhamal district in 2008. Read more

05/08/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATEMENT: The Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations (FIACONA) is greatly disappointed, to say the least that the USCIRF has chosen to keep India on Tier II of, the Countries of Particular Concern, instead of Tier I countries, in spite of the unprecedented violence against Christians and other religious minorities for the past three years under Prime Minister Modi and his party’s rule in India. READ THE STATEMENT

05/05/2018

 

 

 

 

 

4 Countries in Asia Pass Laws Banning Religious Conversions
Four countries in South and Southeast Asia have laws that ban conversion of their citizens away from the majority religion, and two other countries are considering implementing the legislation, apart from numerous other nations in the region that prohibit blasphemy and apostasy, aimed mostly at Christian missionary... Read more

05/04/2018

 

 

 

 

 

Two Pentecostal Christians arrested for 'forced conversions' in Uttar Pradesh. Rev Gyan Singh and fellow Pentecostal Rambhajan will be released this afternoon without charges. Villagers were "instigated to falsely accuse them of forced conversions." For Christian leader, the Constitution "consecrates the rights [of all confessions] and allows people to announce their faith”. Read more

05/04/2018

 

 

 

 

 

Carmelite nuns celebrate 150 years of educating girls
Bengaluru: A century and a half ago, three Catholic nuns from France started a school in Mangalore (now Mangaluru) to educate girl children. Their gesture was considered revolutionary because only boys went to school in that era. Girls stayed home to learn cooking, stitching and cleaning in preparation for a successful ...Read more

05/02/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gunmen Execute Gruesome Killing of Pastor in Jharkhand State, India
Maoists take responsibility, but Christians see hand of Hindu extremists. 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 his throat and beheaded him, his driver told family... Read more

05/02/2018

 

 

 

 

 

Uttarakhand becomes 7th state to pass ‘anti-conversion law’
The northern state of Uttarakhand has become the seventh state in India to adopt a so-called “anti-conversion law”. State Governor Krishna Kant Paul signed the ‘Freedom of Religion Bill’ into law on 18 April, just over a month after the bill was approved by the state assembly and allowed to progress to the governor’s...Read more

05/01/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expert: the bogey of Christian infiltration in India is a 'political hoax'
Deep K Datta-Ray. The aversion to foreign missionaries derives from how Indians perceived European colonization. The appeals to "reform" and “reinvent” Indian traditions. The idea is spread that the West is the leader of science only because "it has stolen Indian science". "Western Christians have stolen India's legacy and put it in jeopardy to make Western scientists stronger than everyone else."Read more

04/30/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘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. 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. Read more

04/30/2018

 

 

 

 

 

Pentecostal pastors abused in a Tamil Nadu Hindu temple.

The attack took place in the Kanyakumari district. In the last three months, at least 15 episodes of violence against Pentecostals. Sectarian question is a sensitive topic in the district. Two Pentecostal Christian pastors were dragged into a Hindu temple, seated in the corridors and covered with ash on their faces. Read more

04/28/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christians Face 2 Years in Prison for Evangelism in 8th India State to Pass 'Anti-Conversion' Law. The North Indian state of Uttarakhand is now the eighth state in the country to pass legislation that is officially named the "Freedom of Religion Act" but has the allegedly hidden intent to punish those who facilitate religious conversions, especially conversions from Hinduism to Christianity. The latest law carries a jail term of up to two years. Read more

04/27/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case of murdered Dalit pastor not taken seriously, say victim’s friends
An elderly pastor in southern India has been found dead days after complaining to the police about a sum of money missing from his bank account. Neighbours of Vunnam Daniel, 65, from Tenali Mandal village in the south-eastern state of Andhra Pradesh, alerted police after they heard his mobile phone constantly ringing without being answered. He was found dead on 24 April. Read more

04/24/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20,000 Christians in TN Protest Against Violence, Harassment

Over 20,000 Christians from various denominations protested across Tamil Nadu on April 17 demanding the government to take action to stop increasing harassment and violence against Christians.

The protesters took to the streets in at least 16 cities and towns shouting slogans against government inaction to check violence against Christian community allegedly carried out by upper-caste Hindu groups. Read more

4/24/2018

 

 

 

 

violence against Christians in Tamil Nadu continues

The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu continues to see outbreaks of religiously motivated violence, with one recent case involving a Christian labourer who says he was attacked by a neighbour who accused him of trying to convert Hindus. Read more

4/24/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odisha’s Easter day incidents: Probe team alleges conspiracy
A civil society fact-finding team that investigated attacks on churches and a Hindu temple in Odisha on Eastern Sunday sees evidence of conspiracy to divide Christian and Hindu tribal communities in the eastern Indian state. “The attacks were highly planned and purposefully executed. It was well planned to create fear and tension among Christians and others,” the five-member team told a press conference on April 23 in Bhubaneswar, the state Read more

4/23/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police Slow to Respond to Vicious Attack on Pastor in Uttar Pradesh, India. In a village in northern India, pastor Rakesh Kumar Masih passed out from the pain of Hindu extremists beating his genitals, and they left him for dead. The sun was shining bright when the Hindu nationalists stormed into the house of one of his church members, where some Christians had gathered on March 19 in Nagla Nishankh village, Firozabad District in Uttar Pradesh state, and dragged him out, he said. Read more

4/18/2018

 

 

 

 

 

Indian police play down mob attack on Christian meeting

Christian families have fled their homes in eastern India after telling police a Hindu nationalist mob had attacked a church fellowship meal, only to be met with attempts to silence them.

Pastor Kasi Ram told World Watch Monitor that only three Christian families remained in the village of Bakel –  Read more

4/18/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Christian places of worship attacked in Kerala, India

The most recent episode took place yesterday, when some unknown criminals entered the cemetery of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ in Ukkinadka, in the district of Kasaragod, and destroyed the cross that stood in the burial place. Then the vandals damaged another seven tombs. On 10 April a pastoral center was attacked, where 150 students were in retreat. On Holy Saturday, an Orthodox priest was insulted and a church damaged. Read more

4/16/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

BJP lawmakers top in crimes against women: Study

As many as 51 MPs and MLAs have declared cases of crime against women, including of alleged rape and abduction, a study said on Wednesday. 48 out of the 51 are Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and three are Members of Parliament (MPs), said a study by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-government organisation working for electoral reforms. Read more

4/12/2018

 

 

 

 

Anger as Hindu religious leaders given ministerial status

Christian and Muslim leaders have voiced concerns after five Hindu religious leaders were accorded “minister of state” status by the nationalist BJP (Bharatiya Janarta Party) government in India’s Madhya Pradesh state, Catholic news agency UCAN Read more

4/11/2018

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Brutally Slashed by Hindu Extremist; Assailant Confesses Hatred Towards Christianity. A Hindu extremist has admitted to attempting to murder a pastor in Andhra Pradesh as the pastor was praying at night, according to police. On March 29, while Pr Madira Koti Reddy, 55, head of a house church in Rentachintala village, Guntur District, was studying Bible and praying at Read more

4/11/2018

 

 

 

 

 

Orissa, another statue of Our Lady destroyed. The police arrest a mentally ill man. Sajan K George comments on the incidents that occurred at Easter in the diocese of Rourkela,: "Certainly these are small incidents, but the aggression to a place of worship deeply wounds our Christian sentiment and increases the sense of fear and vulnerability of the miniscule Christian community ". Read more

4/7/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life miserable under Prime Minister Modi's rule: Church of South India Bishop. Church of South India (CSI), the second largest Church in India has come out against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre.

In an open letter on Friday, Bishop Thomas K. Oommen, moderator (head) of the Church, said the NDA government (headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi) has “become a nightmare to the poor and the (religious) minorities in India.” Read more

4/5/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indian Christians charged with ‘hurting religious sentiments’ by handing out Easter tracts: (Worldwatch Monitor)

Four Christians, including the wife of a church leader, have been charged with “hurting religious sentiments” after they handed out Christian tracts during an Easter procession in India’s southern Telangana state. They were taken into custody by police in the state capital, Hyderabad, at around 5.30 pm on Easter Sunday following a complaint by the leader of a local group affiliated with the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. They were later charged and released on bail on Tuesday, 3 April. Read more

4/5/2018

 

 

 

Goa, Easter vigil: stones thrown at Carmelite monastery

Some criminals have stoned the Carmelite monastery of Margao, in the Indian state of Goa. The incident occurred during the Easter vigil and ruined the celebrations under way at that time.  Read more

4/4/2018

 

 

 

 

 

Elderly Woman Murdered for Leaving Hinduism for Jesus Christ

An elderly woman in Andhra Pradesh was killed on March 21 for leaving Hinduism for Christianity ten years ago. Chadarajupalli Subbaravamma, who was in her mid 60s, was on her terrace that evening reading her Bible and praying when a man climbed the stairs and killed her. Her husband Jayaramaiah reported that.. Read more

04.03.2018

 

 

 

 

Orissa, statues of the Virgin and Child Jesus destroyed at Easter

Two parishes of the diocese of Rourkela, in the Indian state of Orissa, were attacked on Easter Sunday. In the village of Bihabandh, some criminals set ablaze to an old chamber adjacent to the sacristy, used as a storehouse for sacred objects.  Read more

04/01/2018

 

 

 

 

A Baptist pastor’s Home Burnt down on Easter Morning in Manipur, India: Pastor TH. Manu Tamang’s home was set on fire by unidentified people on April 1st at 5:30 AM while he was celebrating Easter at the Leimakhong Baptist church where he pastors, hardly 200 meters from his house. The incident took place in the city of Imphal...Read more

04/1/2018

 

 

 

A Pastor and his congregation was severely beaten by a radical Hindu mob on Easter Sunday near Coimbatore, India. Joshua Rajesh, Pastor of Bethel Prayer Assembly noticed that 3 unknown people came into the church on Sunday morning. Read more
3/31/2018 More than 40 violent attacks on Christians are reported in the moth of March 2018. See the list

3/31/2018

 

 

 

 

 

Before Easter, India's Supreme Court Prevents Arrest of Christian Leader: Days before India's minority Christian community celebrates Easter, the apex court has protected a Christian leader, who was falsely accused of hurting religion sentiments of majority Hindus, from being arrested until the trial begins. Amit Kumar Soren, a professor at a Christian college, St. Columba, in eastern Jharkhand Read more

3/29/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baptism service violently halted by Hindu mob claiming ‘forced conversions’. Around 20 Hindu extremists in saffron-coloured clothes barged inside a church in eastern India’s Uttar Pradesh state yesterday (28 March), violently assaulting the pastor and two church members.

Shouting in extremely offensive language, they entered the Evangelical Churches of India (ECI) building in the Fatehpur district of the city, and bolted it from the inside. Read more

3/29/2018

 

 

 

Christians ‘terrified’ int he state of Telangana, India, after Palm Sunday attack. World Watch Monitor has received a set of photographs showing the aftermath of an attack on a church service in India’s southern Telangana State on Sunday, 25 March. Read More

3/29/2018

Brownback: Now is a ‘critical moment’ for religious minorities
US Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback: The US Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom has called for politicians to work more closely together towards greater religious freedom around the world, reports the Catholic News Agency. Read more

3/27/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

The body of an elderly Christian woman was found in a pool of blood on the terrace of her house in southern India’s Andhra Pradesh state last Wednesday, 21 March. Chadarajupalli Subbaravamma, who was in her mid-sixties and converted to Christianity ten years ago, was last seen by her family at around 5.30pm, when, after having a bath, she grabbed her Bible and went upstairs to spend some quiet time in prayer and worship, as was her custom. Read more...

3/27/2018

 

 

 

 

Hindu Extremists Turn Tribal, Animist Villagers against Christians in India: Assault drives five families out of village for nearly a week.

About 20 villagers questioning Christians gathered for worship in a home in Odisha state, India were animists who worshipped objects in nature and other gods, but Hindu nationalists ... Read more ...

3/27/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hindu Extremist Brutally Attack Pastor and His Wife in Madurai

A pastor's wife in Madurai District in Tamil Nadu was repeatedly kicked in the face, making her unconscious, by a group of Hindu extremists who attacked a church on March 11. The attackers tried to snatch her Bible from Persia Jacob, 38, pushing and slapping her, they stripped her of her sari. When she pleaded with them to let go of her sari, they demanded her to prostrate at their feet and beg   Read more....

3/21/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Indian state set to pass anti-conversion bill

The northern Indian state of Uttarakhand is the latest to approve a so-called “anti-conversion bill”, reports India’s Hindustan Times.

If the legislation passes into law at the state assembly later this month Uttarakhand will join Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Jharkhand in having anti-conversion laws. Rajasthan, Arunachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu (later repealed) have also passed similar legislation. Read more

3/21/2018

 

 

 

 

Ferocity of Hindu Extremist Attacks Stuns Christians in Tamil Nadu, India. Assailants try to humiliate church members into becoming Hindus.  Before Hindu extremists attacking a church in southern India this month repeatedly kicked a pastor’s wife in the face, rendering her unconscious, they tried to snatch her Bible from her... Read more

3/20/2018

 

 

 

 

Delhi Methodist church façade and entrance destroyed

On March 15, around two o'clock in the afternoon, two bulldozers tore down the side outside the church facade in the Mukherjee Nagar district, north of Delhi, by order of the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Mcd), governed by the Hindu nationalist BJP party. Read more

3/17/2018

 

 

 

 

 

Hindus Crush Pastor's Son's Foot With Boulder but Police File Charges Against Christian Family. Police in India's Telangana state were reportedly pressured by Hindu radicals to file a case against a Christian pastor's family after a group of drunken Hindu men were arrested for attacking the family and crushing their youngest son's foot with a boulder.... Read more

3/16/2018

 

 

 

 

Hindu Extremists Attack Nuns, Destroy Catholic Hospital Wall in India

A dispute over land between suspected Hindu extremists and a Catholic hospital in Madhya Pradesh state, India, turned violent Monday when the extremists destroyed the hospital's boundary wall and attacked nuns and other staff in a violent land grab..Read more

3/15/2018

 

 

 

 

Indian Pastor Slashed With Machete by Hindu Extremist Miraculously Recovers, Vows to Continue Ministry. An Indian Christian pastor who miraculously recovered after a Hindu extremist attacked him with a machete said the persecution he's endured for his faith has only increased his passion for the Lord. Read more

3/15/2018

 

 

 

 

Hindu Extremists Beat Christian Missionaries in Bihar

A mob of 70 hard-line Hindus have attacked Christians travelling in a bus in Bettiah, Bihar, on Feb. 26. The mob interrogated the Christians asking them the purpose of their visit and accused them of forced conversions. Read more

3/14/2018

 

 

 

 

Pastor’s Family Assaulted in Southern India. Police come under pressure to file counter charge against Christians. On a recent Monday at noon in southern India, a pastor’s family in Telangana state noticed motorcycles parked outside their church gate and a gang of young men loudly reading the church banner. Read more

3/14/2018

 

 

 

 

Church leaders deplore bulldozing of hospital premises in BJP-ruled state. Church leaders in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have deplored an attack on a Catholic hospital, the premises of which was vandalised and bulldozed by a mob led by the personal assistant of a Member of Parliament, representing the ruling BJP. Read more

3/14/2018

 

 

 

 

Tamil Nadu’s Lenten passion: four Pentecostal prayer centres attacked:
Asia News by Nirmala Carvalho.

The places of worship are all located in the Madurai district. Pastors and faithful verbally assaulted with obscene language. Hindu radicals threaten to attack the homes of Christians. Read more

3/12/2018

 

 

 

Indian policeman joins 50-strong Hindu mob’s attack on churches

A Hindu mob raided five churches in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu yesterday (11 March), attacking and abusing Christians as they worshiped. Several women were stripped and beaten. Read more

3/12/2018

 

 

 

Church hospital in Ujjain attacked, nurses beaten up

A group of some 60 people on March 12 forcibly occupied part of a Catholic hospital’s land and roughed up nurses and other workers in the central Indian city of Ujjain. Read more

3/12/2018

 

 

 

British to Take Up Persecution of Christians, Sikhs in India

The discrimination faced by Christians and Sikhs in India was addressed in a debate in the House of Commons on 'freedom of religion or belief' last week in London. Read more

3/7/2018

 

 

 

 

 

News Analysis: U.S. Catholics wonder what bishops are doing for persecuted Christians. A new nationwide poll on American Catholic attitudes towards the persecution of Christians around the world reveals a relatively strong grasp of the situation, a mixed response in terms of how big a priority it ought to be, and either confusion or dissatisfaction about how Church leaders are responding. Read more

3/7/2018

 

 

 

 

Hindu Extremists in Eastern India Attack Christians Coming Off Bus
Two Christians hospitalized. Prayer service of a native ministry whose workers were attacked by Hindu extremists in Bihar state, India. Christians on their way to a recent Christian camp in eastern India shared the purpose of their trip with fellow bus passengers, not realizing one of them was a Hindu extremist. Read more

3/5/2018

 

 

 

 

Mob Wounds 13-Year-Old Christian Girl, Threatens to Burn Mother.

Tribal animists upset that Christians tried to bury one of their dead in a village in eastern India seriously injured a 13-year-old girl and others who tried to protect a Christian woman the villagers threatened to burn alive. Read more

3/5/2018

 

 

 

Six Christians injured following Hindu attack over baby’s burial

Six Christians were badly injured and a house torched in an attack by Hindu extremists in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, following the death and burial of a Christian baby. Read more

3/5/2018

 

 

 

 

A Pastor in the state of Uttarakhand, India was arrested and then released without charges. The Rev. Vipin Kumar was held in custody for eight hours. Far-right thugs interrupted a prayer gathering. The accusations of forced conversions "are used to intimidate India’s tiny Christian community" Read more

3/5/2018

 

 

 

Marian Grotto demolished in Odisha. Unidentified people demolished the Immaculate Conception Grotto in Gajapati district of Berhampur Diocese, Odisha, Eastern India. “We do not have any clue so far who has done it. Read more

3/2/2018

 

 

 

 

Tamil Nadu continues to lead the way in violent attacks on Christians

After a year in which hate crimes against Indian Christians happened at a rate of almost one verified incident per day, the state which registered the most incidents in 2017 (over 50) – Tamil Nadu – continues to see outbreaks of violence. Read more 

2/22/2018

 

 

 

Videos show Hindu nationalists belonging to Prime Minister Modi's party attacking Christians and burning Bibles. Videos show Hindu extremists abusing Christians. In one of the videos the extremists are seen setting alight a pile of Bibles. Read more

2/22/2018

 

 

 

Cultural event in Banares Hindu University glorifies Gandhi assassin. A new controversy erupted in the Banaras Hindu University after a cultural program glorified Nathuram Godse, a Hindu hardliner who killed Mahatma Gandhi Read more

2/15/2018

 

 

 

 

Catholic bishops warn against Hindu nationalism as religious hate crimes rise. An acknowledgement by India’s BJP-led government that there has been a rise in religion-based hate crime has coincided with a warning from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) about the dangers to the country of a Hindu-nationalist agenda. Read more

2/16/2018

 

 

 

 

 

A court in Madhya Pradesh has sentenced 13 Pentecostal Christians to six months in prison for alleged "forced conversions". The condemned include Balu Kesu and his wife Bhuri, both of whom are vision impaired. Their defense attorney Kamlesh Patidar tried to obtain a reduction in the penalty for their handicap, but the judges were adamant. Read more

2/16/2018

 

 

 

 

Angry Christians Protest against Modi government for Rejecting Pastor's Visa: Christians in Meghalaya have protested the ruling BJP-led government after it denied visa for the Baptist World Alliance Chief, Rev. Paul Msiza, to attend the 150 years of Christianity in Garo Hills region. Read more

2/8/2018

 

 

 

 

 

Fiery Ordeal for Pastor, Church, Widower in Jammu and Kashmir State, India. Hindu extremist mobs belonging to Mr. Modi tries to burn husband along with deceased woman.(Morning Star News) – Pastor Jeewer Joeswa wasn’t sure what to think when a massive, chanting Hindu throng in northern India brought the corpse of a Christian woman to his church site – then set the building on fire. Read more

1/25/2018

 

 

 

 

 

US installs Sam Brownback as religious freedom ambassador

The US Senate has confirmed Sam Brownback as the new head of the Office of International Religious Freedom. (World Watch Monitor)
Brownback is the first ambassador under the US’s revised International Religious Freedom Act, which affirms a commitment to international religious freedom as a foreign relations policy. Read more

1/24/2018

 

 

 

STATEMENT: (FIACONA) is pleased at the confirmation of Mr. Sam Brownback to be the next Ambassador At Large for the Bureau of International Religious Freedom at the State Department. He will hold the rank of an Assistant Secretary of State. Read more

1/23/2018

 

 

 

 

 

Hindu radicals burn Christian church and shops in Jammu and Kashmir (Asia News by Nirmala Carvalho)

The Sehal Christ Church attacked on January 16. Hindu fanatics wanted to "avenge" the alleged murder of a woman "forcibly converted ". Sajan K George: "In the Indian state, Christians are between the anvil and the hammer of nationalists and Muslims". Read more

1/22/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Pentecostal Christian pastor was found dead hanging from the roof of his home in a village in Tamil Nadu. Rev. Gideon Periyaswamy was 43 and led the church of Maknayeem, in the village of Adayachery. His death is shrouded in mystery,  aroused by the fact that just a week ago he had lodged a complaint against extremist Hindu groups.

Some faithful already speak of murder and the attempt to disguise murder with suicide. Read more

1/22/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A mob led by apparent Hindu nationalists burned down a church and shops belonging to Christians in India's northern state of Jammu and Kashmir after the death of a woman, whom the mob believed was forcibly converted to Christianity.

A large group of Hindus resorted to violence last week in the Rajouri district bordering Pakistan after a local man, Rinku Kumar, brought the body of his 25-year-old wife, Seema Devi, for a Christian burial, according to UCAN News. Read more

1/21/2018

 

 

 

 

Pastor Found Dead in Tamil Nadu, India. Body appears to have been hung after death, church members say. (Morningstar News)
The body of a pastor in southern India was found hung from the thatched roof of his house early Saturday morning (Jan. 20), a week after he complained to police about opposition from Hindu extremists, sources said. Read more

1/17/2018

 

 

 

 

Catholic schools under pressure in Madhya Pradesh( World Watch Monitor): A Catholic school in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has received threats from Hindu nationalists, who claim children at the school were punished for singing patriotic songs – the third school to come under pressure this month. Read more

1/17/2018

 

 

 

 

 

In a village near Ranchi, a group of radical Hindus dragged a Christian clergyman into the street, beat him up and threatened to kill if he did not renege Christ and honour instead the Hindu monkey god.
The victim, Rev Karma Oraon, is a pastor in Harmu, a village in the State Jharkhand. He was attacked on Christmas Eve, but news about the incident was made public only yesterday. Read more

1/16/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPINION: Why are Christians being attacked in India? (BY HUMRA QURAISHI)
As I celebrated Christmas a few days ago, I thought about the attacks on Christians in various locales of the country.
In fact, there’s been an ongoing hate campaign unleashed against them by right-wing outfits: first it was all the hype that Christian missionaries are indulging in mass conversions which stood vetoed by vital facts and figures showing that the country’s Christian population was decreasing and not increasing. Read more

1/16/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Dragged, Beaten, Threatened With Death, Told to Renounce Christ for Hindu Monkey God (By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post)

An Indian pastor says he was attacked by Hindu extremists who dragged him out onto the streets, beat him, and threatened to kill him unless he renounced Jesus Christ for a Hindu monkey deity.

The attack occurred while in Harmu village of Ranchi District, Jharkhand state, on Christmas Eve, when 16 or so Hindu radicals attacked a prayer meeting the 34-year-old pastor was leading with others.

The attackers started shouting "Praise Bajrang Bali," referring to the monkey god Hanuman. Read more

1/16/2018

 

 

 

 

 

Madhya Pradesh, Hindu prayers in Catholic schools: a nationalist leader arrested (Video) AsiaNews: - Upadhesh Rana, a Hindu fundamentalist leader who wanted to enter a Catholic school and to hold the Hindu rite for Bharat Mata ["Mother India", ed.] has been arrested in Vidisha (in Madhya Pradesh). Yesterday more than 500 policemen were deployed in defense of St. Mary's College, threatened by nationalists. Read more

1/15/2018

 

 

 

 

 

When Hindu extremists in India told pastor Karma Oraon they would not stop beating him until he worshipped the monkey god, he felt Christ close to him, he said. “In those moments when they were kicking and beating me, I felt that even if I die now, the Lord will make the ministry I leave behind fruitful,” Pastor Oraon told Morning Star News. “We are just a few gathering in the name of Jesus.” Read more

1/12/2018

 

 

 

 

Three Nepali Christians have been arrested and jailed on charges of spreading Christianity and insulting the religious beliefs of others.

The three, identified as Indra Bahadur Tamad, Shukra Rai, and Mekh Bahadur, were arrested two days ago and taken into custody (pictured) yesterday. Read more

1/12/2018

 

 

 

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party-led government, India continues to climb up the World Watch List. India jumped from the 15th worst country in the world for Christian persecution in 2017 to the 11th in 2018. Read more

1/10/2018

 

 

 

 

 

Hindu-nationalist student association broke into a Catholic college in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, and threatened the institution to allow them to perform a Hindu religious ritual at the facility. When the college refused to entertain the members of the by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the group rebelled and created "hungama" outside the college campus. Read more

1/10/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hindu radical accuses Christianity of destroying the environment
(By Nirmala Carvalho) Christianity has destroyed the world’s environment, this according to the latest anti-Christian provocation by a right-wing Hindu radical in India. S Gurumurthy, a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh RSS), a Hindu ultra-nationalist paramilitary organisation, made the claim at a Hindu fair in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Read more

1/8/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Militant Hindu nationalists feel free to attack under Christians in states governed by the BJP party(Morning Star News) Summoned to a police station after Hindu extremists stopped his church’s worship last month, a pastor in northern India brought some 50 Christians with him to help plead for his rights.

But 45-year-old pastor David Amarnath of Pathakpur village in Bhadohi District, Uttar Pradesh state, was taken aback by what police told him.

“Why did you bring all these people?” an officer told him. “It is very simple. The BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party] government is ruling now, and you can’t assemble to pray. The local Hindu Vahini activists and all RSS [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh] groups are now informed of your activities – they will be after you. Even we can’t help you.” Read more

1/8/2018

 

 

 

Extremists are threatening St Mary's Post Graduate College in Vidisha. Fr Biju describes the social outreach of the diocese of Sagar. Founded 27 years ago, the Manav Vikas Seva Sangh is an association that serves 286 tribal villages. Read mlore

1/5/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday, the police dispersed about 900 members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, who planned another raid on January 16th. After the clashes with police the Hindus "left angry". Teachers and the government support Christians.

Hindu fundamentalists who have encircled a Catholic college complex in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, "will return on January 16”, Msgr. Theodore Mascarenhas, general secretary of the Indian Bishops' Conference tells AsiaNews. Read mlore

1/5/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A large group of Hindu nationalists clashed with police on 4 January outside a Catholic college in Vidisha, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, after they tried to force the school to carry out a Hindu religious ritual.

The attack followed an earlier confrontation on 30 December when members of the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Hindu nationalist party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, entered the college to demand that a Hindu ritual be performed in which India as ‘Mother Goddess’ is worshipped. (Worldwatch Monitor) Read more

1/4/2018

 

 

 

 

Catholic school forced to celebrate Hindu rites in the state of Madhya Pradesh by the BJP government officials. If you do not celebrate Hindu rituals in the Catholic institute "you will have problems". This is what the Hindu radicals of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (Abvp) are threatening in Madhya Pradesh. Read more

1/4/2018

 

 

 

About 900 members of the the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad are gathered in front of St Mary's Post Graduate College in Vidisha. India’s Home Affairs minister deployed 400 police agents to re-establish order. The bishop hopes for a 2018 "of peace and harmony". Read more

1/3/2018

 

 

 

Eight activists, including a nun, were injured in clashes with police in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala (in southern India), while participating in a protest march against the destruction of a Cross .

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