India: village church attacked, Christians hospitalised

India: village church attacked, Christians hospitalised
Several Christians were hospitalised after the incident in Chhattisgarh state.Courtesy Open Doors International   Several Christians were hospitalised and others forced to reconvert to Hinduism, after a village church in India’s central Chhattisgarh state was attacked by Hindu hardliners. The Christians from the Independent Pentecostal Church in Kohkameta were attacked . . . Read More

Indian court provides ‘minor relief’ from ban on Christianity

Indian court provides ‘minor relief’ from ban on Christianity
The high court of Chhattisgarh state in central India has asked the state government to ensure that anti-Christian resolutions passed by village councils will not infringe religious freedom. A Christian organization challenging the local resolutions said the court order is “only a minor relief.” In July 2014, the village of . . . Read More

India: Nun killed in Kerala

A nun has been murdered in the southern Indian state of Kerala, reports Fides. Sister Amala Valummel, 69, was found dead on 17 Sep. at her convent in the town of Palai. This is the fourth incident involving an Indian nun that World Watch Monitor has reported in 2015. In . . . Read More

India’s Christians are under attack

India’s Christians are under attack
Rahul Nayak, 25, the eldest son of Dhubaleswar and Bhubudi Nayak, a Christian couple shot dead in Odisha in July.Campaign Against Fabricated Cases   The number of violent attacks on Christians and churches in India increased over the summer months. Below, World Watch Monitor lists 18 incidents from July, August and . . . Read More

Sixth Indian state seeks to adopt ‘anti-conversion law’

Sixth Indian state seeks to adopt ‘anti-conversion law’
A sixth Indian state is debating the introduction of an “anti-conversion law”. Maharashtra would follow Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh in implementing a Freedom of Religion Act, which seems harmless in name, but in practice discourages evangelism, as Vishal Arora reports in the video below. Learn more: . . . Read More

Ahead of Obama’s visit, India’s Christians start hotline on Hindu harassment

Ahead of Obama’s visit, India’s Christians start hotline on Hindu harassment
President Modi welcomes President Barack Obama & Michelle Obama to India on 25 January 2015.Photo: narendramodi.in   President Obama ended his visit to India with a speech referring to religious freedom which has been interpreted as an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s treatment of minority faiths, although Modi was . . . Read More

Indian villages outlaw Christian practices

Indian villages outlaw Christian practices
Several villages in central India have outlawed the open practice of Christianity – a move of questionable legality yet one that worries church leaders who say it already has encouraged anti-Christian violence. “The situation is becoming worse. The anti-Christian propaganda is becoming stronger,” Arun Pannalal, president of Chhattisgarh Christian Forum, . . . Read More

In India, a familiar pattern of pressure on Christians

In India, a familiar pattern of pressure on Christians
In vast and diverse India, Christians often live freely. Yet India ranks among the 50 countries where life as a Christian is most difficult, according to Open Doors International, a global ministry that serves Christians who are pressured because of their faith. The country is No. 31 on Open Doors’ . . . Read More