India’s Supreme Court to Consider Ending Decades of Discrimination Against Low Caste Christians

India’s Supreme Court to Consider Ending Decades of Discrimination Against Low Caste Christians

(International Christian Concern) – On Wednesday, January 8, the Supreme Court of India agreed to examine a petition that called for Dalit and other low caste Christians to receive the same government benefits and protection given to their Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh counterparts. According to a 1950 executive order, Muslims and Christians from low caste […]

Axe-Wielding Tribal Animists Set Bibles, Church Building Ablaze in Eastern India

Axe-Wielding Tribal Animists Set Bibles, Church Building Ablaze in Eastern India

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Tribal animists in eastern India earlier this month surrounded a church building with axes, threatened to kill Christians within and later burned down the thatched-roof structure, sources said. Hard-line animists in Odisha state’s Perigaon village, Rayagada District, attacked on Dec. 1 after having raided Christians homes to seize and burn Bibles […]

Persecuted Pastor Counts the Cost of Ministry Among India’s Unreached

Persecuted Pastor Counts the Cost of Ministry Among India’s Unreached

(International Christian Concern) – “All of the sudden, my life, family, and church were broken into pieces,” Pastor Tukaram Chavan, age 32, told International Christian Concern (ICC). “It was hard to take. I was not expecting that something of this sort would take place. However, I remember the commitment I made to God when I […]

Animists Opposing Christianity in India Find Allies in Maoists, Police, Hindu Extremists

Animists Opposing Christianity in India Find Allies in Maoists, Police, Hindu Extremists

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – In an area of central India where tribal animists enlist Maoist militants to kill Christians who refuse to recant, Sodi Joga took it seriously when relatives threatened to kill him, his wife and 5-year-old daughter. “The villagers demanded that Joga and his family must partake in the cleansing ritual, a puja, which […]

Pastor Beaten Unconscious Faces Charges by Hindu Extremists in Jharkhand, India

Pastor Beaten Unconscious Faces Charges by Hindu Extremists in Jharkhand, India

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A pastor and his family in eastern India are facing police charges after Hindu extremists with an axe, bamboo rods and wooden sticks attacked them in their home, leaving the pastor for dead, sources said. The eight assailants, including a policeman, who attacked pastor Basant Kumar Paul as he prayed […]

Police Put Christian Churches Under Surveillance in Tamil Nadu State, India

Police Put Christian Churches Under Surveillance in Tamil Nadu State, India

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Police in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state have put several house churches under surveillance in order to stop worship, in violation of the country’s secular constitution, sources said. Police have told congregations to stop worship in homes in Anuperpalayem, Velampalayem, Kangeyam and several other villages in Tiruppur District, Vijaya Kumar of […]

Social Boycott Initiated Against Christian Community in Northeastern India

Social Boycott Initiated Against Christian Community in Northeastern India

(International Christian Concern) – Earlier this month, on Aug. 10, Pastor Hemant Meher was attacked and beaten by a mob of Hindu radicals in Dalki village, located in India’s northeastern state of Odisha. Following the attack on the pastor, the radicals initiated a social boycott against the Christian community of Dalki until they either “reconverted” […]

Small Church Destroyed in Apparent Arson in Southern India

Small Church Destroyed in Apparent Arson in Southern India

(International Christian Concern) — On Monday, August 12, a small church made of wooden poles and thatch was set on fire and completely destroyed by unknown people in Thakkallepadu village, approximately 80 miles southeast of Hyderabad, India. Local Christians report that the apparent arson has left their community completely shattered. According to Pastor Samuel, head […]

Pastor in Northern India Dragged From Prayer Meeting and Beaten

Pastor in Northern India Dragged From Prayer Meeting and Beaten

(International Christian Concern) – On July 28, individuals believed to be radical Hindu nationalists disrupted a private prayer meeting and beat the pastor in northern India. The pastor was then reported to local police for allegedly converting individuals to Christianity. Pastor Raju Prassad is the leader of a small fellowship group in Kanshiram Colony, Uttar […]