Mob attacks Christian pastor, family in Uttarakhand

After a Hindu ‘baba’ threatened black magic against Christians in the village, all Christian families except the pastor’s hurriedly converted to Hinduism. The attack came soon after

UP Police accuse pastor of forced conversions, refuse to provide evidence

Police stormed and stopped Sunday worship at pastor Khaia’s church and took him to the local police station. They would not say who had complained against him, or if they had any proof of his alleged wrong-doing

Emergency orders misused to harass Christians in Jammu and Kashmir

Increased security measures since the August 5 clampdown in Jammu and Kashmir are being used by radical Hindu nationalists to harass the state’s Christian community. The police are complicit in the harassment

UP Government plans anti-conversion law to target Muslims, Christians

While the draft bill would seek to regulate and criminalize many religious conversions, it would not affect all conversions. In fact, the draft bill states that an individual seeking to “reconvert” to Hinduism though a ‘Ghar Vapsi’ program would not be affected

‘Violence against Christians has more than doubled under Modi as PM’

Christians in India suffered 247 instances of persecution in just the first eight months of 2019. But police filed FIRs only in 28 cases. Pastors say police are hand-in-glove with the Hindu nationalists behind the violence

U.S. Congressman urges UN Ambassador to intervene on Indian religious violence

Over the last years, Congress has authored similar letters to the government of India and challenged Prime Minister Modi and his BJP party to engage on these issues and help safeguard the rights and liberties of India’s religious minorities. However, very little has been done

Christian tribal lynched to death in Jharkhand by cow vigilante mob

Cow slaughter and beef sale are banned in Jharkhand, which has emerged as a lynching hotbed, accounting for 17 of the 44 deaths the country witnessed at the hands of mobs between May 2015 and December 2018. Most of the lynchings in the state were related to suspected cow slaughter or beef possession

Bajrang Dal hooligans attack pastor in UP falsely alleging forced conversion

Police said their preliminary investigation suggested a woman had called the pastor and two women to offer prayer for her ailing mother at her house. Yet, the police failed to arrest or take any action against the attackers

Hollywood film memorializes lynched Australian missionary Graham Staines

The story of the Staines family has been made into an inspiring and highly anticipated film called The Least of These, starring Stephen Baldwin as Graham Staines, Shari Rigby as Gladys, directed by Aneesh Daniel and written by Andrew Matthews

‘The Graham Staines Story’ a grim reminder of horrors of religious persecution

Two days before the March 29 release of The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story, a Twitter post was being widely circulated, accusing the movie of “attempting to polarize voters by inciting communally & politically sensitive content during elections season”. It was hardly surprising that hardline Indian nationalists on social media were against the release of a movie that documented one of the darkest days in independent India’s history

Hindutva fanatics kill man in Odisha after converting to Christianity

The man’s name was Anant Ram Gand and he was the father of five children. He was dragged away from his house before his son’s eyes. He was baptized two months ago in the Evangelical Church, but his conversion was opposed by the village radicals. President of Persecution Relief: “We want freedom of worship”

‘As a Christian, suddenly I am a stranger in my own country’

Is it coincidence or a well-thought-out plan that the systematic targeting of a small and peaceful community should begin only after the BJP government of Narendra Modi came to power last May?, asks former super-cop Julio Ribeiro

Burning Shame: The Killing of Graham Staines and his sons by Bajrang Dal activist

No sooner had its macabre mission been completed than the mob melted away in the darkness as the flames that had leapt skywards simmered. But the heat generated by the senseless killings and the outrage stoked are far from ebbing days after the incident