According to local sources, 13 Christian families in India’s Odisha state have been displaced from their home village since January after they refused to recant their Christian faith.
The Bharathiya Janatha Party (BJP) led government of Gujarat has passed a new law regulating religious conversions and criminalizing forced religious conversions. The new law amends the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act 2003 and has been championed by local BJP politicians as the state’s ‘Love Jihad’ law.
Christians in Kaduna state, Nigeria suspect Muslim Fulani herdsmen were behind the kidnapping of eight Christians from a bus in the southern part of the state on Friday.
Thirteen year old, Shakaina Masih was abducted in February in Lahore, Pakistan and forced to marry her abductor and convert to Muslim. Parents continue to fight for her lawful return.
A Christian woman and her three children have been outcast from their village for rejecting tribal rituals and now live in a doorless shed in the woods and cut off from basic necessities like water. When contacted, police said woman should have been beaten to death for leaving tribal religion.
A mob armed with axes and thick wooden batons in central India disrupted a home worship service and beat and threatened Christians for leaving their ancestral tribal religion this month. Eight were injured and five of them hospitalized, including two women and a pastor.
On January 31, a mob of radical Hindu nationalists attacked a Christian worship service in southern India. As a result of the attack, 28 Christians were injured, including six that required hospitalization.
Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel group whose primary aim is to assault, kidnap, and kill Christians, is believed to be responsible for a series of attacks in Christian villages that took place throughout the month.
Arsonists set five church buildings on fire and threw feces on the charred structures from Jan. 20 to Jan. 24 in a village in western Kenya, sources said.
Leela Bai, eight months pregnant, rushed outside a house she was visiting in central India after hearing the commotion of a Hindu mob attacking tribal Christians preparing to celebrate the New Year. Before she knew it, she was pushed to the ground and the mob began kicking her.
Three Christian pastors were arrested and jailed on forced conversion charges after attending a prayer meeting in a home. According to sources, six Christians, including the pastors, were attacked and taken to local police by a mob of radical Hindus.
Staff members of the hospital in Karachi slapped, beat and locked nurse Tabeeta Nazir Gill, 42, in a room after baselessly accusing her of blaspheming Islam. Police initially dropped charges then succumbed to pressure from an angry mob.
Mayhem continued in Nigeria as suspected Fulani herdsmen burned down the venue of a planned Christian conference in Kaduna state last week and earlier killed two clergymen in the country’s Middle Belt.
Arrested for illegally logging and destroying the forest when he escaped there from persecution in his village, Sung A Khua spent two and a half years in prison before finally being released.
Police who did nothing to stop a fierce attack on a church service in Uttar Pradesh, India also beat and threatened the Christians while arresting them under false accusations of fraudulent conversions.
Six Christian families worshipping in a wood-an-hay structure in eastern India were confronted by tribal animists and attacked. A mob of 20-25 men destroyed their church and neighboring properties. Sources say tribal leaders are being tapped by Hindu Nationalists to incite animosity toward Christians.
Upon seeing visions of Christ during prayers and in her dreams, Muslim Mansitula Buliro confided in her Christian neighbor who led her to accept Christ as her Savior. When her husband found out, he attacked her with a knife, sending her to the hospital where she would later miscarry.
On January 5, a Christian brick kiln worker named Ansar Masih was brutally beaten by his Muslim employer after he took leave to attend a prayer service over the holidays.
Police recovered the bodies of two Christian sisters who went missing November 26 in Lahore, Pakistan. The killers, their Muslim supervisors at a pharmacy factory, had been pressuring them to convert to Islam and marry them.