Christian Persecution

Chennai Pastor Murdered

Gang murders pastor near Virudhunagar

A 43-year-old pastor, who was riding his two-wheeler with his wife, was intercepted and attacked by an armed gang in which he died on the spot on Sunday.
The woman, who tried to prevent her husband from being attacked, also suffered severe injuries. She has been admitted to the Government Hospital here for treatment.
Following a call, the Amathur police rushed to the spot and seized the body of Martin Luther. He was residing in KKSSN Nagar near Pandian Nagar.


Orissa: the ordeal of Pastor Sushil Lima, for years a victim of radical Hindus

Orissa: il calvario del pastore Sushil Lima, da anni vittima di radicali indù


by Nirmala Carvalho
The religious leader and his family are victims of persecution since 2005, when he began to preach the Gospel. He has received death threats during the anti-Christian pogroms in Kandhamal in 2008. Over the years he has baptized about 100 faithful. His followers humiliated publicly and threatened with expulsion from the village council.


‘Kandhamal’ tells the whole story of anti-Christian persecution
By John L. Allen Jr.
Associate editor July 28, 2015
BHUBANESWAR, India – Because of the dramatic events that unfolded there, certain places have come to symbolize entire movements or chapters of history. “Gettysburg,” for instance, immediately evokes the American Civil War, just as “Tiananmen Square” is now universal shorthand for non-violent protest.

In similar fashion, in terms of contemporary anti-Christian persecution, “Kandhamal” may be the single word that best captures the whole story.

Kandhamal is a district of the eastern Indian state of Odisha, formerly known as Orissa, where an orgy of violence descended upon the impoverished Christian minority in August, 2008. A series of riots led by radical Hindus left roughly 100 people dead, thousands injured, 300 churches and 6,000 homes destroyed, and 50,000 people displaced, many forced to hide in nearby forests where more died of hunger and snakebites.


Religious belief behind latest killing in south Kashmir?Mohammad Yousuf Bhat (43)

The latest killing of a village head by suspected militants in south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday night may be triggered by religious beliefs held by the victim.

The victim identified as Mohammad Yousuf Bhat (43), a resident of Wagum village in Pulwama district, around 30 km south of Srinagar, was shot at when he was on his way to a mosque for special Ramzan prayers called Tarawi around 9:30 pm last night.

"My daughter, who is victim's wife, was accompanying him. At least four persons came and told her they have to talk to him, and took him away," said Wali Mohammad, father-in-law of the victim.