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May 25 (Compass) -- On May 18, barely a week after India’s Congress party defeated the previous pro-Hindu government in national elections, Chief Minister Selvi J. Jayalalithaa of Tamil Nadu, in southern India, announced the repeal of the state’s ....
May 20 (Compass) -- Christians in India hailed the victory of Sonia Gandhi’s Congress Party in this month’s general election as a triumph for religious freedom. However on May 18, five days after the election results were announced, supporters of ....
May 19 (Compass) — Six people were arrested on May 3 in connection with a February 10 incident regarding residents of Kilipala village in Orissa state shaving the heads of a local pastor and eight Christian women. Tonsuring, or shaving the crown of ....
May 7 (Compass) — Indian officials have ordered Jim Borst, 67, of the U.K.-based Mill Hill Mission working in Kashmir since 1963, to leave the country on the pretext that his visa has not been renewed. In an April 22 letter, officials of the ....
April 22 (Compass) — Christians were apprehensive as voting began on April 20, the first day of India’s general elections. With the nation’s recent history of religious oppression, this year’s election could prove critical for the future of ....
March 15 (Compass) — Hindu fundamentalists of the Bajrang Dal in the state of Madhya Pradesh have accused Catholic priests of the rape and murder of a teenage girl on March 3. Catholic staff at Deosar Girls’ Boarding School reject these claims, ....
March 5 (Compass) — Christian leaders in India have responded with one voice to allegations made by the weekly newspaper Tehelka that Christians are carrying out “the conversion agenda of U.S. President George Bush,” and using the HIV/AIDS problem ....
February 27 (Compass) — Pastor Ram Prakash, from the Sultanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, suffered beatings while in police custody in February, according to a report filed by Open Doors. Prakash was visiting Harish Chandra, a Christian relative who ....
February 17 (Compass) — Christian women from Orissa state, India, were attacked and humiliated for refusing to give up their faith. On February 6, Hindu extremists dragged eight women, including two 15-year-old girls, out of their homes while their ....
February 13 (Compass) — Tehelka, a weekly newspaper launched on January 30, accused the U.S. government of having a “conversion agenda” for India. The 11-page cover story in the inaugural issue portrayed Christian missionary work as a “sinister and ....
February 9 (Compass) — Hindu fundamentalists have launched an attack against the Catholic Church in India in the rural Catholic stronghold of Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh, and the more sophisticated region of Goa. The attacks are directly linked to ....
January 22 (Compass) — Citizens of Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh are enraged over the murder of a nine-year-old girl whose body was discovered in a mission school compound on January 13. Hindu protestors allege that Sujata, the daughter of a ....
January 21 (Compass) — “Anti-conversion” laws implemented in five Indian states are prejudiced against Christians, according to church leaders. One such law, passed in Tamil Nadu in October 2002, came after Seventh-day Adventist missionaries ....
January 19 (Compass) — Christian activist Anson Thomas has rescued scores of girls 18 years and younger from prostitution in Mumbai, India. Recently, brothel owners accused Thomas of “unlawfully converting” Hindu sex workers to Christianity. When a ....
(Compass) -- Leaders of the militant Hindu group Bajrang Dal plan to produce a film honoring Dara Singh, convicted murderer of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two young sons. In November 2003, a week after prominent film-maker Sunil ....
(Compass) -- The Indian government has rejected demands that social benefits be extended to Dalit Christians and Muslims. A clause in the 1950 Constitution of India enshrined the right of Hindu Dalits to “social reservations” for jobs and ....
(Compass) -- India’s Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), known as the ”World Hindu Council,” held a re-conversion rally on Christmas Eve in Dangs district, south Gujarat. The VHP claimed that 500 members of tribal groups re-converted to Hinduism during the ....
(Compass) — One of India’s most vocal campaigners against Christianity was caught in a top-level corruption scandal in late November. Dilip Singh Judev, Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests in the federal government, was trapped on ....
(Compass) — India’s Dalits, who have been virtually enslaved as “untouchables” for more than 2,000 years, have begun to come to Christ in large numbers. Upper caste Hindus have historically shown little interest in Dalit affairs; however, they are ....
(Compass) — Tension has gripped the Christian community in the Indian state of Orissa after Hindu militants unleashed a fresh wave of violence in the last week of November. A dozen members of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Bajrang Dal broke into ....
Politicians Use Religion to Win Votes   Published in 2003
(Compass) — Upcoming elections for local assemblies in five states in India have spurred a fresh intensity in political campaigns — and a growing division along religious lines as politicians use the issue of religion to polarize voters. Members of ....
(Compass) — Christians in Mumbai have suffered a number of recent attacks, most of them attributed to the Hindu fundamentalist groups Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal. On September 17, VHP activists disrupted a prayer meeting organized by ....
(Compass) — An angry mob attacked a group of some 80 Christians participating in a prayer meeting in the city of Roorkey, Uttaranchal, on October 26. Assailants tore apart banners, posters and tracts. They burned Bibles and damaged equipment at the ....
(Compass) — Dara Singh was awarded the death penalty by a designated Central Bureau of Investigation court on September 22 for his role in the murder of the Australian missionary Graham Stuart Staines and his two sons. Pronouncing the verdict before ....
(Compass) — India’s coalition government, led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is about to introduce fresh rules to prevent religious conversion across the nation. Entitled “Change of Religion of the Members of SC/ST ....
(Compass) — The murder of Yesu Dasu, a 52-year-old Christian preacher and government employee who was beheaded on September 11, 2000, in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, remains unsolved three years after his death. Investigators have ....
(Compass) — After a mob of about 500 assailants attacked believers in the state of Orissa, Christian leaders said they fear more violence could erupt as a consequence of the September 22 death sentence handed down to Dara Singh for murdering ....
Staines’ Killers Found Guilty   Published in 2003
(Compass) — More than four years after the tragic murder of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons, Philip, 11, and Timothy, 7, prime suspect Dara Singh and 12 others were convicted of the killings. Delivering the judgment to a packed ....
(Compass) — Christian evangelist Yusi Hey Yobin was arrested August 21 in Shillong, Meghalaya, on charges of drug trafficking. Police raided Yobin’s home that day and claim to have found 380 grams of high-grade heroin. However, local Christians say ....
Hindu Fundamentalists Target Kerala   Published in 2003
(Compass) — Hindu fundamentalists have increased their activities in Kerala, India’s “cradle of Christianity,” sparking fears that it may be next in a series of Indian states to adopt “anti-conversion” laws. Regarded as a safe haven for religious ....
(Compass) -- The president of the Orissa Christian Legal Association, Mr. Pratap Chinchani, has filed a Special Leave Petition with the Supreme Court of India against Orissa state’s Freedom of Religion Act, a 1967 ruling prohibiting religious ....
(Compass) -- Police arrested a missionary and four church leaders after Christian groups in Nagaland were accused of forcing people of other faiths to convert to Christianity. Arrested in July in the neighboring state of Arunachal Pradesh, the five ....
Police Surveys Alarm Christians   Published in 2003
(Compass) — When the cauldron of inter-religious tension boiled over in February 2002, Muslims in the state of Gujarat found themselves victims of “database genocide.” Surveys conducted on their community prior to the attacks allowed mobs of Hindu ....
Hindu Militants Attack Bible School   Published in 2003
(Compass) — On July 31, a group of about 250 Hindus attacked a church and Bible school in Dabwali, a small town in the Sirsa district, Haryana, India. Students at the Bible school sustained injuries; among them were five female students. A local ....
(Compass) — The Gujarat High Court has dismissed petitions filed by the All India Christian Council (AICC) challenging provisions of the highly controversial Gujarat anti-conversion bill, on the grounds that the petitions are premature. On June 30, ....
(Compass) — Politically generated hate propaganda against Christians has charged the atmosphere in India, inspiring at least three attacks on Christians in June. Hindu fundamentalists joined activists from the ruling BJP political party to disrupt a ....
(Compass) — Church leaders have expressed regret over the United States government’s refusal to designate India a “Country of Particular Concern” (CPC) due to religious violence and discrimination occurring in the world’s largest democracy. “We ....
(Compass) — They are calling it “serial persecution.” Christians in the state of Karnataka have never faced it before. During a one-day public hearing organized by the All India Christian Council on June 12, a “jury” heard 50 cases of persecution. ....
(Compass) — The government of India’s Gujarat state has again started gathering community-based information in villages of the Patan district, heightening suspicions among local Christians that census information will be misused by fundamentalist ....
(Compass) — Suspected Islamic extremists in the Indian state of Kashmir killed a nun in a grenade attack on a Catholic school. Sister Kamlesh, a missionary teacher from West Bengal, died when a grenade exploded on May 22 near the main entrance of ....
(Compass) — Christians in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat are gearing up to challenge the constitutionality of “anti-conversion” bills recently implemented in their respective states, after the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) demanded that a ....
(Compass) — In Delhi, the capital of India, Christians constitute one percent of the 12.5 million population. For decades, they have been regarded as peace-loving and service oriented. Not anymore. Ever since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata ....
(Compass) — Hindu nationalists staged a humiliating attack on April 10 against Catholic nuns operating a secondary school in a Bombay suburb. Political activist Mrs. Sujata Ghag led a group of 15 women into the administrative office of Holy Cross ....
Legislation Causing Problems   Published in 2003
(Compass) — Christian sources in India believe that anti-conversion legislation passed in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat states has emboldened militant Hindu groups to target churches and Christian institutions. On March 10, Hindu fundamentalists set fire ....
Survey Angers Christians in Gujarat   Published in 2003
(Compass) — The Christian community in western India’s Gujarat state has been the target of three government surveys conducted through the Criminal Investigation Department apparently in preparation for the anti-conversion bill passed on March 26 by ....
(Compass) — The anti-conversion bill which passed the Gujarat state assembly on March 26 is being challenged by lawmakers and Christians alike, who claim the bill is unconstitutional. The controversial legislation seeks to prevent religious ....
Hindus Attack Church   Published in 2003
(Compass) — A Protestant church in Maharashtra state was attacked on March 12, and death threats were leveled against local Christians. The 10-year-old Pata Fellowship Church in the village of Patapaypangara has 22 members and has lived in peace ....
(Compass) -- Following its investigation into the January attack on U.S. missionary Joseph Cooper, the Confederation of Human Rights Organization has concluded that a local unit of the fundamentalist Hindu Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) plotted ....
VHP Seeks Constitutional Hindu State   Published in 2003
(Compass) -- Spurred by a call to amend the constitution and declare India a “Hindu nation,” fundamentalists have stepped up attacks against Christians. “I think we stand for Hindutva (nationalist Hinduism) and not for government,” said World Hindu ....
(Compass) -- When American missionary Joseph Cooper was attacked and then deported from India, it brought attention to visa regulations. At least 50 missionaries could be deported in the near future if government authorities act on a list of names ....
(Compass) -- Four years after the brutal murder of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons, their murder trial took a bizarre turn when a Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) officer testifying for the prosecution declared that none ....
(Compass) — Fundamentalist Hindus won a landslide victory in a state election in India with anti-Christian and anti-Muslim rhetoric. Defying every poll forecast, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, won 126 ....
(Compass) — Six persons, including a 10-year-old girl, were seriously injured when masked men armed with guns and grenades attacked worshippers at a Christmas Eve Mass in the West Bengal city of Tehatta. The Bengali-speaking gang arrived at the ....
(Compass) — Leading information technology companies in the United States suspended donations to an American-based charity following reports that the organization channeled the funds to militant Hindu groups for use in propaganda campaigns targeting ....
(Compass) — Three weeks after becoming law, the Tamil Nadu Anti-Conversion Act was already being misused. Sivan Seyal, a Hindu, accused Pastor Paul Manickam of constructing a new church near his house without permission of the local authorities. ....
Ian Stillman Freed   Published in 2002
(Compass) — Ian Stillman, a missionary working with the deaf, was freed from an Indian prison on the afternoon of December 7. A member of the Baptist Church in Reading, United Kingdom, Stillman was arrested on August 30, 2000, in the foothills of ....
(Compass) — The Chief Superintendent of Prisons at Pondicherry Central Jail, G. David, is facing a judicial inquiry after he was accused of forcibly converting inmates to Christianity. The Munanni Hindu fundamentalist group is demanding the ....
Violence Increases Against Christians   Published in 2002
(Compass) — Violence against Christians has risen sharply over the past months in India. In the early hours of November 2, an armed gang suspected of links with Hindu militants attacked the Convent of St. Mary of the Angels in Parthibanoor, Tamil ....
(Compass) — Accusations of sexual abuse and severe corporal punishment lodged against teachers at missionary schools in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan state, northern India, have surfaced simultaneously with attempts to reconvert Christian families ....
(Compass) — A recent spate of ethnic cleansing against Muslims in Gujarat state reached genocidal proportions, and a similar assault may soon be unleashed against India’s most threatened Christian community, the Dang tribe, unless the central ....
(Compass) — More than 6,000 church-operated educational institutions in the state of Tamil Nadu remained closed on October 24 and over a million Christians participated in fasting and prayer in protest against a bill known as the Prohibition of ....
Korean Missionaries Attacked   Published in 2002
(Compass) — On September 22, eight Korean missionaries, including six women, were mercilessly beaten in the city of Patna, in Bihar state, by militant Bajrang Dal activists. The Hindu militants were keeping track of the evangelistic activities of ....
(Compass) — Money raised by Hindu organizations in Western countries is being used to fund aggression against Christians and other minorities in India. Non-profit organizations associated with Hindu extremist organizations collected nearly one ....
(Compass) — The Indian church is being seriously threatened by government attempts to abolish minority rights and enact legislation against conversions. India’s federal government, led by the pro-Hindu BJP party, is opposed to the concept of ....
(Compass) -- Tension between the Christian and Sikh communities flared after 22 Sikhs converted to Christianity in India’s newly formed Chattisgarh state. A senior Sikh leader urged church leaders to stop evangelistic outreaches and accused ....
(Compass) -- On July 22, Sister Lucela Lakra of the Adoration Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was viciously attacked by a group of Hindu youth while on her way to church in the northeastern state of Assam. The assailants accused the nun of ....
(Compass) -- Christians living in Maharashtra state, the ideological source point of Hindu fundamentalism, are being lambasted by a media campaign featuring daily headlines of mass conversions to Christianity. Since the beginning of August, the ....
(Compass) — On June 12, Gladys Staines, widow of Australian missionary Graham Staines, made her first appearance in the district court of Orissa in the trial of those accused of the brutal murder of her husband. Eleven of the accused, including ....
Nun Jailed on Conversion Charges   Published in 2002
(Compass) — On July 18, a Catholic nun was sentenced to six months imprisonment for converting Hindus to Christianity. Sister Vrishi Ekka, a 56-year old Ursuline nun, was jailed in Ambikapur in the central Indian state of Chattisgarh on charges of ....
(Compass) — India’s ruling political party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has gone public with its anti-Christian agenda. On July 29, BJP Vice-President Kailashpati Mishra accused Christian missionaries of provoking large-scale violence in the ....
(Compass) — Over 5,000 Christians have been reconverted to Hinduism by the militant World Hindu Council (Vishwa Hindu Parishad, or VHP) during the past two years, the VHP revealed in mid June. The VHP is an organization that is increasingly being ....
Politically Savvy Christians   Published in 2002
(Compass) — Indian Christians are uniting votes with Muslims in Dhumka to defeat a Hindu extremist candidate in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) heartland state of Jharkhand. Christians in Dhumka mobilized during the last week of June and ....
(Compass) — Raping Christian women during riots, selling Christian girls into the flesh trade, recruiting doctors to dispense poisoned drugs and assassinating anti-caste activists — these are only four of 34 anti-Christian tactics recommended in a ....
Family Refused Asylum   Published in 2002
(Compass) - Janet and Robert Baker, with mixed British and Indian ancestry, fled to the United Kingdom in May 2001. Hindu activists in India who objected to the couple’s fervent Christianity had threatened and attacked the family repeatedly since ....
Murder Trial Heats Up   Published in 2002
(Compass) - The much-delayed trial in the murder of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons resumed on May 3. A prosecution witness identified Dara Singh, the prime suspect, as the instigator of the crime, along with three other ....
(Compass) - Hindu fundamentalists registered a case against the Rev. Niranjan Bardhan in Orissa state in late April, accusing him of converting poor children by giving them food, clothes and study materials. But Bardhan told Compass, «They are just ....
(Compass) - The World Hindu Organization (VHP) is secretly conducting large-scale conversion drives in India’s Marxist-ruled state of West Bengal. More than 16 tribal Christians were forced to re-convert to Hinduism on April 22 at a purification ....
(Compass) - Shocking slogans have surfaced on the walls of Ahmedabad, Gujarat state’s capital city and economic center, calling for the ethnic cleansing of Christians after Muslims have been wiped out. Gujarat, which has gained worldwide infamy as ....
Protestant Church Viciously Attacked   Published in 2002
(Compass) - An armed group of about 60 Hindu fundamentalists attacked the Protestant charismatic New Life Fellowship Church in Moodabidari in India’s Karnataka state on Sunday, April 14. The Hindu militants accused worshippers of converting local ....
(Compass) - Fresh controversy over the thorny issue of religious conversion in India erupted during the sixth national round of talks between the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Christian leaders when RSS chief K.S. Sudarshan ....
(Compass) - In a bizarre twist to the Staines murder case, an accomplice has told the court that he alone was involved in the killing, and that the prime suspect, Dara Singh, and all others accused were innocent. Mahendra Hembram confessed to his ....
(Compass) - Around 40 Christians of the New Life Fellowship (NLF) had gathered for worship on February 8 at the home of a new believer in Nagpur, in India’s Maharashtra state, when a mob of over 500 people surrounded them and started pelting them ....
(Compass) - On February 22, a senior member of the Legislative Council, G. Madhusudan, accused Christian missionaries of “spying” for the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States. Hindu fundamentalists are “leaving no stone unturned, no ....
Missionaries Released   Published in 2002
(Compass) - Two Christian missionaries and a new believer working in the newly created state of Jharkand who were kidnapped on February 11 have been released. Sources said that Gospel For Asia (GFA) workers were abducted by anti-Christian forces ....
Rampaging Mob Levels Church   Published in 2002
(Compass) - A violent mob of over 80 men brandishing knives, iron rods and bricks went on a rampage that destroyed the Holy Family Church and terrorized worshippers on February 17 in Mysore, Karnataka state. Four persons had to be rushed to the ....
Deaf British Christian Loses Appeal   Published in 2002
(Compass) - A deaf, 51-year-old Christian charity worker from the United Kingdom, Ian Stillman, lost his appeal of drug smuggling charges in January and faces 10 years in prison in India. “It is the worst miscarriage of justice I have dealt with,” ....
(Compass) - Indian Christians are appalled that the alleged murderer of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons is standing for election to the state legislative assembly. Dara Singh, currently in prison in Orissa state, is a candidate ....
Churches Are Vandalized   Published in 2002
(Compass) - Churches and shrines in different parts of India faced a renewed spate of vandalism in January. A popular shrine maintained by the Sisters of Charity on Hennur Road in Bangalore, frequented by Christians as well as people of other ....
Christians Become Politically Active   Published in 2001
(Compass) - As Christians in Bangalore, capital city of the southern state of Karnataka, unite and lobby for seats in local government elections, Christians in the northern state of Punjab formed the first Christian political party in India. The ....
(Compass) - The Hindu fundamentalist government is planning to introduce two bills that are being condemned as \"draconian\" by religious minorities in India. The Christian community has taken strong exception to one bill, the Foreign Contribution ....
(Compass) - Leaders of the militant Hindu umbrella organization, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), met church leaders on November 27 for the fifth round of talks at the national level, ironically a week before the RSS was set to release a ....
Christians Find A Political Voice   Published in 2001
(Compass) - Indian Christians have begun to take advantage of traditional \"Christian strongholds\" as an opportunity for political action. Christians in Bangalore, the \"evangelical capital\" of India, have revolted against the Congress Party and ....
(Compass) - In what is being regarded as a severe setback to recent talks between Hindu fundamentalists and church leaders in India, RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) chief K.S. Sudarshan has demanded that Christians reinterpret their Scriptures. ....
(Compass) - Between 50,000 and 100,000 outcast Hindus descended on New Delhi on Sunday, November 4, to participate in a historic anti-caste political rally. Thousands of participants repudiated the oppression of the Hindu caste system by converting ....
(Compass) - On October 26, a gang of youths belonging to militant Hindu organizations ransacked a hall where a gospel convention was taking place at Bhatinda in the Punjab region. One of those leading the Hindu protests said that they had sabotaged ....
(Compass) - Incidents of violence against Christian workers in northern India continue to be reported despite talks between the leaders of the mainline churches and Hindu fundamentalist organizations. On September 11, Christian booklets were burned ....
(Compass) - Valuable church properties in the state of Bihar in northern India are under threat of seizure from communal elements backed by forces in the state government. Christian missionaries and church leaders in Patna, the capital of Bihar, ....
(Compass) - Various Christian organizations have criticized recent attempts at dialogue between Hindu fundamentalist organizations and Christian churches in India. The Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) had met the militant Rashtriya ....
(Compass) - On August 15, statements made by India’s Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee during a book release gathering startled Christians in India. \"There is a conversion motive behind the welfare activities being carried out by some Christian ....
(Compass) - Catholic church leaders met on August 21 with chiefs of the Hindu fundamentalist Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) in what is being seen as one of the most significant developments since the persecution of Christians in India began under ....
More ‘Christian-Bashing’   Published in 2001
(Compass) - Three Catholic nuns escorting orphan children on a picnic were severely beaten with sticks and cudgels by over 30 Hindu activists in Dahod town of Gujarat state on August 25. On August 13, another nun and a missionary were beaten by ....
(Compass) - Nineteen villagers who recently embraced Christianity have been forced to re-convert to Hinduism in the Kendrapada district in India’s Orissa state after undergoing sustained social ostracism from their fellow villagers. They are also ....
(Compass) - India’s pro-Hindu government is seriously considering a bill seeking a ban on religious conversion throughout the country. The bill brought protests from opposition parties and Christian organizations all over the country on July 27. The ....
(Compass) - Three separate incidents of violence took place against Christians in India during the first week of August. Four Hindu fundamentalists shot a Catholic nun at point-blank range in Madhya Pradesh on August 7. She is alive but in critical ....
(Compass) - A militant Hindu hate website displaying the names of international evangelists, secular and Christian scholars from India, and other «enemies of Hinduism» on its «hit-list» was back on-line after it was salvaged by a radical Jewish ....
(Compass) - The Bajrang Dal, a militant Hindu organization, has begun in late June to train its members in armed warfare to combat the threat of «instability to the nation» posed by Christian missionaries and ISI agents (Pakistan Intelligence). ....
The Dangs - A Story of Perseverance   Published in 2001
(Compass) - One of the greatest triumphs of indigenous missionary activity in recent years has been the conversion of animist tribals to Christianity in the Dangs district of India’s Gujarat state. Christianity in the Dangs is about a century old. ....
(Compass) - Villagers in India’s Goa region have begun their battle against a Hindu extremist takeover of primary education. When schools reopened on June 6 after the summer vacation, the villagers organized to form the Committee for the Protection ....
(Compass) - Christian aboriginals in Goa state were suddenly deprived in late May of benefits leading to higher education as the pro-Hindu coalition government removed their names from a list to receive state benefits as underprivileged communities. ....
(Compass) - Police and civil authorities in India’s Gujarat state remained mute spectators as a violent mob led by Hindu militants blocked the burial of an Indian Christian on May 28 in Kapadwanj. His family had decided to bury him at the local ....
Thousands Protest Missionary Deaths   Published in 2001
(Compass) - Tens of thousands of Christians demonstrated throughout northeast India’s Manipur state and neighboring states to protest the killing of three Catholic missionaries. Suspected separatist militants gunned down the Salesian priests outside ....
Caste System Worse than Racism   Published in 2001
(Compass) - The Indian government is receiving increasing criticism for its attempts to scuttle a discussion on the caste system during the upcoming World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. On May 7, a group of 40 prominent ....
Rapists’ Convictions Significant   Published in 2001
(Compass) - The sentencing of 10 men who gang-raped four nuns is being hailed as significant for the church in India. The men were sentenced on April 28 to life in prison for the attack, which occurred before dawn on September 23, 1998, at the ....
(Compass) - Christian volunteer groups working in the worst areas of earthquake-hit Gujarat state in western India and who have been targeted by Hindu fundamentalists are taking a stand against the attacks. In an emergency meeting called on April 4, ....
(Compass) - India is close to being labeled a «country of particular concern» for violating religious freedom and failing to safeguard the rights of religious minorities, according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. It called ....
(Compass) - Indian Christians from Dalit (untouchable) and other backward castes will have their identities permanently erased and state benefits withdrawn if the registrar general of India, and Census Commissioner Mr. Jayant K. Banthia, have their ....
(Compass) - Students from Nirmala Niketan, a Bombay-based Catholic institution and India’s prestigious College of Social Work for women, have complained that they were constantly harassed by various outfits of the Sangh Parivar while on a relief ....
(Compass) - Christian leaders in India are divided over a controversial move by the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) to arrange a \"dialogue\" with the Sangh Parivar, a group of radical Hindu organizations accused of perpetrating violence ....
(Compass) - The murder trial of Dara Singh in the deaths of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons floundered on its second day. A key prosecution witness did an about-face April 4 claiming that the police forced him to sign the First ....
(Compass) - Police arrested three members of a group of Hindu militants suspected of burning a Bible during a March 22 Christian prayer meeting in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. A group of 16 people stormed the dais, slapped the ....
Dara Singh Murder Trial Begins   Published in 2001
(Compass) - The trial of Dara Singh, the main suspect in the 1999 murder of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons, has begun in the Indian state of Orissa. After several delays, the trial began on March 1 with witnesses testifying ....
Mob Attacks Church   Published in 2001
(Compass) - A fundamentalist Hindu mob attacked a church in the eastern Indian state of Tripura on February 25 as Christians were attending the Sunday service. The mob forced the pastor to stop the service. Fundamentalist Hindus are adamant that ....
(Compass) - The Dalai Lama disappointed India’s Christians by standing alongside Hindu extremists and rebuking Christians and Muslims for trying to convert others to their religions. \"I always believe it’s safer and better and reasonable to keep ....
(Compass) - Members of the radical Hindu group the Bajrang Dal beat two Christian workers, David Massey and Simon Sakria, for more than two hours on January 4 for showing a Jesus film in Jehra, a remote village on the Rajasthan-Gujarat border in ....
Church Leader Warns of More Violence   Published in 2001
(Compass) - A prominent Indian church leader is warning of a possible bloodbath against Christians by Hindu fundamentalists. Joseph D’Souza, president of the All India Christian Council, said that although everything seems quiet on the surface, the ....
(Compass) - Violence has once again broken out against Christians in India after K.S. Sudershan, leader of the Hindu extremist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), called for the Indianization of the national Christian church and Islam. One of the RSS ....
Church Desecrated by Hindu Extremists   Published in 2000
(Compass) - Nearly 200 members of two extremist Hindu organizations stormed the Evangelical Church of India in Gujarat state on November 26. The Christian community expressed shock at the desecration of the church and the attempt to take possession ....
(Compass) - Following new attacks on Christians by members of Hindu fundamentalist groups, church leaders in India are expressing concern that the Orissa state government is anti-minority. The general secretary of the Evangelical Fellowship of ....
(Compass) - The Evangelical Fellowship of India has issued a statement urging Christian leaders to tone down \"spiritual battle\" language. They hope to prevent Hindu fundamentalist groups from taking advantage of inflammatory words to paint ....
Boy Sentenced in Staines Murder   Published in 2000
(Compass) - On October 2, a special court in Orissa convicted a 13-year-old boy in connection with the brutal murder of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons in January 1999. A special Central Bureau of Investigation judge sentenced ....
Hindu Groups Exploit Nun’s Misdeed   Published in 2000
(Compass) - Hindu groups in the Indian state of West Bengal are trying to exploit an incident involving a Catholic nun associated with the Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresa. The controversy began after Sister Francesca admitted on ....
(Compass) - The Hindu fundamentalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) plans to hold a three-day meeting in the Indian city of Agra to discuss the role of foreign Christian missionaries in the country. Nearly 75,000 members of the RSS are expected ....
Church Desecrated   Published in 2000
(Compass) - A Catholic church in northern Karnataka province was desecrated on September 7. Police said vandals broke into the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bidar, broke glass panes encasing a statue of Mary and sprinkled vermilion on the statue. ....
(Compass) - In a September 1 report, the National Commission for Minorities said that during its interaction with members of minority communities in Gujarat, Christians had complained of attacks on their right to freedom of religion. The Commission ....
More Anti-Christian Accusations   Published in 2000
(Compass) - The working president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Ashok Singhal, told a gathering of Hindu priests in New Delhi on July 30 that the motive of Christians is not the welfare of people. He said Christians were working under a ....
(Compass) - Christian leaders in India have refused to attend a meeting organized by the National Minority Commission in New Delhi with Hindu political groups Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Church leaders said that the church is ready for ....
(Compass) - Christians in India continue to be harassed and persecuted. According to church leaders, the Sangh Parivar (family of Hindu fundamentalist groups) sponsors much of it in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. These states have become the laboratory ....
Attacks Against Christians Continue   Published in 2000
(Compass) - Hindu fundamentalists have stepped up their attacks against Christians in the Indian states of Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. In the latest incident, masked men attacked nuns on May 2 in the town of Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh and ....
Fascist Tendency Growing   Published in 2000
(Compass) - A civic group in India is expressing concern over the growing \"fascist tendency\" in Indian political and civil society. A statement issued in New Delhi on April 2 by the Insaani Ekta Muhim said the increased attacks by Hindu ....
(Compass) - A court in India has refused bail to Dara Singh, accused in the murder of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons in January 1999. Singh was remanded to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Singh is said to have a ....
School Ransacked and Priest Attacked   Published in 2000
(Compass) - Ten attackers armed with sticks, knives and iron rods broke into the Christ Vihar Hindi-Medium Primary School in India’s Uttar Pradesh state on March 31. They beat, threatened and robbed Father Skylark George, a 27-year-old priest who ....
(Compass) - The Indian government on February 27 rejected a United States report on religious freedom that criticized the ruling Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) for societal violence against Christians and Muslims. A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry ....
(Compass) - The Gujarat state government withdrew the controversial 1999 Gujarat Freedom of Religion Bill on February 23 after Christians and other groups protested against it. The government was also under pressure to scrap the bill after ....
(Compass) - Police in Madhya Pradesh watched as fundamentalist Hindus attacked the Christian nephew of Arun Shourie, a prominent journalist and member of India’s upper house of Parliament. Chandrakant Shourie, his wife, their son and some friends ....
(Compass) - The Gujarat state assembly plans to debate a controversial conversion bill aimed at Christians in its current February-March session. The Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, introduced by a Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) Assembly member in ....
Staines’ Killer Arrested   Published in 2000
(Compass) - Christians in India welcomed the arrest of Dara Singh, the mastermind behind the killing of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons in January 1999. Singh was captured on January 31 after eluding authorities for more than a ....
(Compass) - Hindu fundamentalist demonstrators threatened members of a Campus Crusade center on Christmas Day in Palam Vihar village. The demonstrations continued until December 27 and stopped only after police intervention. The Hindu groups have ....
 
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