Christian Persecution

‘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.


Militants shot at Muhammad Yusuf Bhat in Kashmir Valley

SRINAGAR: A village headman in Jammu & Kashmir's Pulwama district was shot dead by militants on Wednesday, 1st July-2015.Militants shot at Muhammad Yusuf Bhat, the 'numbardar' (village headman) of Wangam village in Pulwama district this evening. Bhat died on the spot. Bhatt was associated with Christian missions working in Kashmir valley


Vandals attack Baptist church, damage cross, in Bhiwani

by Nirmala Carvalho
Four motorcyclists threw stones at the building. After a first incident, they came back half an hour later to carry out a second attack. This is the first act of violence in Bhiwani District. For the church’s pastor, the attack was "an attempt to provoke tensions in the community." According to the president of the Global Council of Indian Christians, it was “intentionally provocative and anti-Christian."