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Worldwide Christian Persecutions for 'India'

Parents, Islamic Extremists Beat Young Woman in India

Christian in West Bengal cast out of home for her faith. By Mahruaii Sailo

Islamic Extremists Beat, Mock Christians in India

Prayer group in West Bengal village is attacked less than one month after woman is driven out. By Mahruaii Sailo

Islamic Extremists Beat, Mock Christians in India

Prayer group in West Bengal village is attacked less than one month after woman is driven out. By Mahruaii Sailo

Hindu Villagers Attack Mourners in India

Assailants in Chhattisgarh state try to prevent burial of Christian. By Mahruaii Sailo

Anti-Christian Incidents Nearly Doubled in Indonesia in 2011

Attempts to institutionalize intolerance, close churches increase. By Vishal Arora

Christians in Kashmir, India Increasingly Fearful, Report Says

Muslim leaders setting hostile tone as Christmas nears. By Vishal Arora

Police Detain, Beat Converts from Islam in India

Video showing baptisms in Kashmir creates tensions. By Vishal Arora

Pastor’s Arrest Stir’s Anti-Christian Sentiment in Kashmir, India

Bishop says area Christians in danger from angry Muslims after accusation of ‘allurement.’ By Vishal Arora

Police Detain, Beat Converts from Islam in India

Video showing baptisms in Kashmir creates tensions. By Vishal Arora

Students at Orphanage in India Forced to Pay Idol Worship Fee

Students at Orphanage in India Forced to Pay Idol Worship Fee Hindu extremists force closure, then limited re-opening of Christian social programs. By Mahruaii Sailo

Court in India Questions State’s ‘Anti-Conversion’ Law

Himachal Pradesh takes note of heavy-handed clause in disputed law. By Vishal Arora

Pastor’s Father Beaten Unconscious in Attack in Rajasthan, India

Hindu extremists threaten to kill church leader in spite of pact to stop assaults. By Mahruaii Sailo

Christian, Visiting Lepers Beaten, Jailed in India

Suspected Hindu extremists attack him and Hindu visitors as police watch. By Vishal Arora

India Briefs: Recent Incidents of Persecution

By Mahruaii Sailo and Binaifer Wadia Maharashtra, India, April 29 MPBS24/7 (CDN REPORT) – A group of Hindu extremists on April 24 disrupted the Easter celebrations of Christians at Dasturipada in Palgha, attacking them with clubs. One unidentified tribal Christian sustained a fractured bone in his hand, reported the Global Council of Indian Christians. The attack came three days after a mob disrupted a Maundy Thursday prayer service on April 21 at Devkuppada in Palghar. No arrests have been made in either incident. Following the April 21 attack, police were deployed in large numbers at Devkuppada, near Dasturipada. “Ever since a newspaper carried a report on mass conversions, tribals are being assaulted,” Abraham Mathai, vice-chairman of the Maharashtra state minorities commission, reportedly said. The All India Catholic Union reported one of the tribal Christians as saying, “I have not stepped out of my house since the attack on Maundy Thursday. We are living in fear.” – MS

Survey of Christians in India Sets Off Alarm Bells

Church leaders complain of illegal religious profiling in Madhya Pradesh. By Shireen Bhatia

Hindu Extremists in India Beat Pastor Unconscious

Evangelist was traveling with sons from one village to another. By Shireen Bhatia

India’s Anti-Christian Violence in 2008 Linked to Terrorists

NEW DELHI, March 25 MPBS24/7 (A CDN REPORT) – Right-wing terrorists played a key role in attacking and killing Christians in Orissa and Karnataka states in 2008, one of the Hindu extremist suspects in anti-Muslim bomb blasts has told investigators, leading to renewed demands for a probe by India’s anti-terror agency. Pragya Singh Thakur, arrested for planning 2008 bombings targeting Muslims in west India, told the National Investigation Agency (NIA) that Lt. Col. Prasad Srikant Purohit had “masterminded” the 2008 anti-Christian violence in Orissa and Karnataka, The Indian Express daily reported on Wednesday (March 23). Purohit is accused along with Thakur for the 2008 bombings of Muslims.

Spate of Attacks on Christians Erupts in Orissa, India

Christian leaders fear large-scale violence like that of Kandhamal in 2008. By Mahruaii Sailo

NEW DELHI, March 4 (Compass Direct News) – Hindu extremists have attacked Koya tribal Christia

NEW DELHI, March 4 MPBS24/7(A CDN REPORT) – Hindu extremists have attacked Koya tribal Christians in villages in a remote area of Orissa state at least 15 times since Dec. 8, 2010, Christian leaders said. In the latest incident in Murliguda, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Malkangiri town, about 60 assailants from the Hindu extremist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on Feb. 23 damaged the eardrums of Bhadan Hontal and beat another Christian, Markari Soma, until he fell unconscious, according to a report by the Malkangiri District Christian Manch (MDCM, with Manch meaning “Forum”).

Pastor in India Traumatized after Attack

Hindu extremists beat, strip 65-year-old leader in Rajasthan. By Shireen Bhatia

Christians in India Fear Backlash at Massive ‘Reconversion’ Event

Tribal locals oppose Hindu nationalist rally in Madhya Pradesh; 2 million pilgrims expected. By Shireen Bhatia

Report in India Blames Attacks on Conversions to Christianity

Panel absolves Hindu nationalists in Karnataka state. By Vishal Arora

India Briefs: Recent Incidents of Persecution

By Mahruaii Sailo and Binaifer Wadia

Christians Suspect Cover-Up in Pastor’s Death in Orissa, India

Police refuse to follow leads pointing to murder. By Vishal Arora

Orissa, India Christians Still Face Boycott, Forced Conversion

NEW DELHI, November 11 MPBS24/7 A CDN Report – More than two years after losing relatives and property in anti-Christian violence, there is no sense of relief among survivors in India’s Orissa state, as many are still ostracized and pressured to “return” to Hinduism, according to a private investigation. “Despite the state administration’s claim of normalcy,” the preliminary report of a fact-finding team states, “a state of lawlessness and utter fear and sense of insecurity” prevails among Christians of Kandhamal district, which saw a major anti-Christian bloodbath in 2008.

Christian in Bhutan Imprisoned for Showing Film on Christ

Summary: NEW DELHI, October 18 MPBS24/7 REPORT From CDN – A court in predominantly Buddhist Bhutan has sentenced a Christian to three years in prison for “attempting to promote civil unrest” by screening films on Christianity. A local court in Gelephu convicted Prem Singh Gurung, a 40-year-old ethnic Nepalese citizen from Sarpang district in south Bhutan, on Oct. 6, according to the government-run daily Kuensel. Gurung was arrested four months ago after local residents complained that he was showing Christian films in Gonggaon and Simkharkha villages in Jigmecholing block. Gurung invited villagers to watch Nepali movies, and between each feature he showed films on Christianity. Government attorneys could not prove “beyond reasonable doubt” that Gurung promoted civil unrest, and therefore “he was charged with an attempt to promote civil unrest,” the daily reported. Gurung was also charged with violation of a Bhutanese law requiring authorities to examine all films before public screening. Buddhism is the state religion in Bhutan, and the government is mandated to preserve its culture and religion according to the 2008 constitution. As in other parts of South Asia, people in Bhutan mistakenly believe that Christianity is a Western faith and that missionaries give monetary benefits to convert people from other religions. A Christian from Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, told Compass that the conviction of Gurung disturbed area villagers.

Christian in India Suffers Miscarriage in Hindu Extremist Attack

Summary: NEW DELHI, October 13 MPBS24/7 REPORT From CDN – Police in a south Indian state known for turning hostile to minority Christians in recent years have arrested two suspected Hindu nationalists for beating four pastors and striking the wife of one of them in the stomach, killing her unborn child. The attack took place at a Christian gathering in a private Christian school to celebrate the birth of Mahatma Gandhi on Oct. 2 in Chintamani, in Karnataka state’s Kolar district, reported the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). About 40 people barged into New Public School during the concluding prayer that morning and began selectively beating the pastors and Kejiya Fernandes, wife of one identified only as Pastor Fernandes. Chintamani police arrived but the attack went on, and when it ended at noon officers took the Christians to the station instead of arresting the attackers. Denied medical attention, the injured Christians were released at 7:30 p.m. only after Kejiya Fernandes began to bleed profusely, GCIC reported. She and her husband later received hospital treatment, where she lost the baby she had been carrying for four months. Pastor Fernandes received an injury to his ear. The three other victims, identified only as pastors Robert, Muthu and Kenny, all ministered in a local independent church. Of the 12 suspects named in the police complaint, two were arrested the same day, and the rest are absconding, said attorney Jeeva Prakash, who is associated with the Evangelical Fellowship of India’s advocacy department. The attack was carried out to avenge an alleged insult to Hindu gods during the Christian gathering, with the accused also having filed a police complaint, added Prakash, who visited the area and the Christian victims this week. The Christians were not arrested, as a court granted them anticipatory bail.

Muslims Force Expat Christian Teacher to Flee Maldives

Muslims Force Expat Christian Teacher to Flee Maldives Mistaking compass she drew for a cross, parents of students threatened to expel her.


September 6 MPBS24/7 REPORT From CDN – A visually impaired Christian and his friend accused drunken Buddhists of abducting and assaulting them last week after the blind volunteer distributed relief material in a Buddhist-majority town in a region of India devastated by recent floods. The attackers are still at large after the assault on Wednesday (Sept .1) in the town of Leh in Jammu and Kashmir state’s Ladakh region, where flooding and landslides destroyed hundreds of houses and killed around 200 people on Aug. 6. The attackers, identified as members of the Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA), abducted Ram Kumar Thapa, Stanzin Chosphel and his pregnant wife Putali Sherpa because of their Christian faith and beat the men, the victims said. According to the victims’ complaints to the Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission, LBA members were upset that Thapa was preaching Christianity to displaced residents. The assailants took Thapa to the LBA office at Soma Monastery, where a Buddhist monk was also present, and beat him again, he stated. He was then moved to a room where he could hear the voice of his friend, Chosphel, with his pregnant wife. The attackers showed Thapa’s bruised and bleeding face to Chosphel to warn him against continuing as a Christian, Thapa said. Chosphel confirmed that he and his wife were taken to the LBA office at the monastery. “They dragged me into a room and gagged my mouth so I could not cry out as they beat me with rubber pipes and rods and fists continuously,” Chosphel said. “All along they kept telling me to leave my wife and also renounce my faith in Christianity and return to Buddhism.” The men released the couple at around 12:30 a.m. after giving them two days to leave Leh or convert to Buddhism, Chosphel stated, “or else they will chop my wife into pieces and kill me and also kill my family ... who are still practicing Buddhists.”


INDIA September 9 MPBS247 REPORT From CDC – Suspected Hindu nationalists in an area of Orissa state still tense from 2008 anti-Christian violence beat a Catholic father of seven until he fell unconscious on Aug. 20, the 47-year-old victim said. Subhash Nayak told Compass that four unidentified men assaulted him as he made his way home to Laburi village from the hamlet of Kapingia in Kandhamal district. Hindu extremists in Kandhamal district killed more than 100 people in several weeks of attacks following the Aug. 23, 2008 murder of Hindu extremist leader Swami Laxamananda Saraswati. Area church leader Biswajit Pani of Khurda told Compass that villagers in Laburi have planned to attack at least one Christian around that date every year. Pani and another area Christian, retired school teacher Tarsish Nayak, said they also had heard Hindu nationalists spreading this message. Nayak said the assailants left him for dead. Asserting that no one had any personal enmity toward him, Nayak said that Hindu extremists in Kandhamal district have been telling people, “We destroyed and burned their houses and churches, which they have rebuilt, but now we will attack their lives, which they cannot rebuild.” Nayak recalled that a year ago, while returning to his village at night around the anniversary of Saraswati’s murder, he heard someone whispering, “Here he comes … He is coming near,” at which point he fled. “There were people hiding, seeking to attack me,” he said.


INDIA September 10 (Compass Direct News) – A Hindu nationalist legislator was arrested yesterday after a court pronounced him guilty of playing a major role in the murder of a Christian during anti-Christian carnage in Orissa state’s Kandhamal district in August 2008. The Fast Track Court II in Kandhamal convicted Manoj Pradhan of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the murder of a 30-year-old Christian, Bikram Nayak, who succumbed to head injuries two days after an attack by a mob in Budedi village on Aug. 25, 2008. Judge Chitta Ranjan Das sentenced Pradhan to six years of rigorous imprisonment for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code and imposed a fine of 15,500 rupees (US$335) for setting houses ablaze. Pradhan, who contested and won the April 2009 state assembly election from jail representing Kandhamal’s G. Udayagiri constituency, was not initially accused in the police complaint in Nayak’s murder, but his role emerged during the investigation, according to The Hindu. In spite of the conviction, the Orissa state unit of the BJP said the case against Pradhan was weak. “Pradhan was merely present at the scene of crime,” Orissa BJP President Jual Oram told Compass. Last month Kanaka Rekha Nayak, widow of the murdered Parikhita Nayak, complained that despite a previous conviction of Pradhan and an accomplice in that case, they were immediately given bail and continued to roam the area, often intimidating her. Rekha Nayak was among 43 survivors who on Aug. 22-24 testified before the National People’s Tribunal, a private hearing of victims of the Kandhamal violence organized by the National Solidarity Forum. Nayak said local politicians, including Pradhan, hit her husband with an axe. Her husband’s body was later chopped into pieces, she said.


INDIA Tamil Nadu, September 30 MPBS24/7 RESPORT Fron CDN – Police detained evangelist V.K. Williams and seven other Christians after Hindu extremists disrupted their evangelistic meeting on Sept. 29 in Theni, according to the Global Council of Indian Christians. The extremists filed a complaint against the Christians of “forceful conversion” and pressured police to arrest them, and officers took the eight Christians to the station for questioning. At press time, area Christian leaders were trying to free them. – MS

Court in India Convicts Legislator in Second Murder Case

A weapon used in Kandhamal district violence lies across a Bible damaged in the attacks. (Photo: Compass) Manoj Pradhan arrested; three more cases pending against Hindu nationalist.

Christian Assaulted in Orissa State, India

After attack, Subhash Nayak was left for dead. (Photo: Compass) Extremists in Kandhamal vowed to kill a Christian around date of Hindu leader’s death.

Buddhists in India Assault Christian Aid Worker, Friend

Assailants, still at large, abduct and threaten blind volunteer, associate and pregnant wife. NEW DELHI, September 6 MPBS24/7 REPORT From(CDN) — A visually impaired Christian and his friend accused drunken Buddhists of abducting and assaulting them last week after the blind volunteer distributed relief material in a Buddhist-majority town in a region of India devastated by recent floods.

Briefs: Recent Incidents of Persecution

Chhattisgarh, India, August 31 MPBS24/7 From(CDN) — Police in Sivaho Dhamtari on Aug. 29 arrested three Christians after Hindu extremists filed a complaint against them of luring people to convert to Christianity by offering them money and “false hope.” A source reported that the extremists had recently launched a series of attacks against Pastor Dilip Chakravarty, Ganga Ram and Shankar Lal of the Church of God, accusing them of forceful conversion and trying to force Ram and Lal to “reconvert” back to Hinduism. Ram and Lal sustained fractures on their hands and legs from the attacks. Area Christian leaders said no forceful conversion took place. The three Christians were charged with 295 (a) of the Indian Penal Code for “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion” and were sent to Dhamtari district jail the same day.

Family Refutes Police Claims in Death of Christian in India

Bible teacher in Rajasthan state, 20, faced opposition from Hindu nationalists. NEW DELHI, August 25 MPBS24/7 REPORT From(CDN) — The family of a 20-year-old Christian found dead last week in the northern state of Rajasthan suspects he was killed by Hindu nationalists, though police claim he died of cardiac arrest.

Victim of Orissa, India Violence Rescued from Trafficking Ring

Anti-Christian violence in Orissa state in 2008 left more than 50,000 homeless and vulnerable to human traffickers. Christians displaced by Kandhamal violence in 2008 sold for coerced labor or sex.

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