Articles by: Shibu Thomas

Christians Forced To Conduct Non-Christian Funeral And Renounce Faith In Jharkhand

Christians Forced To Conduct Non-Christian Funeral And Renounce Faith In Jharkhand

Religious Radicals prevented a bereaved Christian family from burying their dead at a village in Jharkhand. They told the family that they could perform the last rites of 52-year-old *Vilas Singh, if it was done recognizing the religious beliefs of the village. Persecution Relief spoke to the nephew of the deceased, *Ramu Singh. He explained that his late uncle was[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 Human Rights
Families of three Christian brothers brutally attacked and left homeless by mob in Jharkhand

Families of three Christian brothers brutally attacked and left homeless by mob in Jharkhand

In yet another horrific case of Christian persecution, a Christian family was mercilessly beaten up by a mob of raging religious fanatics in the Indian state of Jharkhand. The mob of over 40 fanatics led by the village headman not only assaulted the family but savagely vandalized their home and belongings, falsely accusing the family of converting villagers to Christianity.[Read More…]

August 5, 2020 Human Rights
Christian Preacher Found Dead In Punjab

Christian Preacher Found Dead In Punjab

In a shocking series of unfortunate events, yet another Pastor was found dead in the Zira Tehsil of Ferozepur, a district that is situated in the Indian state of Punjab. The body of Balwinder Bagicha Bhatti was discovered by a few people by the roadside on the 27th of July 2020. Joseph and Alisha, both Persecution Relief Coordinators of Punjab,[Read More…]

July 30, 2020 Human Rights
Eight Christians Brutally Assaulted In Odisha

Eight Christians Brutally Assaulted In Odisha

A group of Christians were brutally attacked by a gang of raging religious goons at midnight on the 21st of July 2020. This attack took place in the Indian state of Odisha in a village named Badaguda which features in the district of Koraput. Speaking to Persecution Relief, Pr. Ayuba Khora, the local Pastor said, “The goons broke into the[Read More…]

July 27, 2020 Human Rights
Christian Preacher Shot Dead In Maharashtra

Christian Preacher Shot Dead In Maharashtra

Pastor Munsi Deo Tando was abducted and murdered in cold blood near his village named Bhatpar, situated in the Bhamaragad Taluka of the Gadchiroli District in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The Pastor was conducting a prayer and fasting meeting on Friday, the 10th of July 2020 at 4 pm. He concluded the meeting at around 5:30 pm. “After the[Read More…]

July 12, 2020 Human Rights
Mob Physically Assaults And Forces Christians To Worship Idol In Uttar Pradesh

Mob Physically Assaults And Forces Christians To Worship Idol In Uttar Pradesh

A mob of over 100 religious fanatics attacked a Church at 3pm on the 4th of July 2020 in a village at Dasmada in Azamgarh, a district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The mob broke into the house that belongs to Senior Pastor Sunita Mourya and beat up the church members that were present there, vandalizing the entire[Read More…]

July 11, 2020 Human Rights
Mob Attack: Two Christian Youth Beaten, Cross Desecrated in Jharkhand

Mob Attack: Two Christian Youth Beaten, Cross Desecrated in Jharkhand

Two young Christian missionaries were abused and assaulted by a mob and taken to the police station in a village named Belgarisin Dhanbad, a district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. The attack which took place on the 22nd of June happened at the new coal mine colony in Baliapur CD Block. Speaking to Persecution Relief, Br. Arul Jothi- Founder[Read More…]

June 24, 2020 Human Rights
Christian Women And Children Dragged And Harassed In West Bengal

Christian Women And Children Dragged And Harassed In West Bengal

Christian women and children were dragged through a village by a raging mob of over 40 religious fanatics on the 19th of June 2020. This act of religious racism took place in Charabari, a village in the district of North 24 Paraganas in West Bengal, India. Pr.T. A.Paul, the President of Berachah Faith Mission told Persecution Relief that the mob[Read More…]

June 21, 2020 Human Rights
Christian Family Excommunicated From Village In Jharkhand

Christian Family Excommunicated From Village In Jharkhand

The house of a Christian family was found ransacked in Hadgadwa, a village in the district of Latehar, which features in the Indian state of Jharkhand. Chhatru Munda and ChintamaniDevi returned home to their village, only to find the asbestos sheets which served as a roof, taken off their house and used by a family that lived nearby. With the[Read More…]

June 20, 2020 Human Rights
Christian Pastor And Wife Attacked By Mob In Haryana

Christian Pastor And Wife Attacked By Mob In Haryana

A mob of religious extremists severely assaulted a Christian Pastor and his wife in a village named Pinjore in the Panchkula district in Haryana, India. On the 14th of June, a Christian family living in Pinjore requested Pastor Tomy Joseph and his wife, Veena to visit them. Within 5 minutes after reaching the home of the believer, a mob of[Read More…]

June 16, 2020 India
Miscreants Set Ablaze A Church In Tamil Nadu

Miscreants Set Ablaze A Church In Tamil Nadu

A Church building was set ablaze by unknown miscreants in the dead of the night on the 13th of June 2020 in Chengalpattu,district in Tamil Nadu. Pastor Ramesh Jebrajwho who is blind from birth leads the ‘Church of True Peace’ in Chengalpattu said that the Church was burnt to such an extent that the acoustic drum kit, 40 new mats[Read More…]

June 14, 2020 Human Rights
14 Year Old Christian Boy Lynched In Odisha

14 Year Old Christian Boy Lynched In Odisha

A 14-year-old Christian boy ,Samaru Madkami, was murdered in cold blood by a group of religious fanatics in the east-Indian state of Odisha. On the night of 4th June, 2020, a few villagers ganged up with a handful of religious fanatics who are not a part of their village and attempted to kidnap 3 Christians explained Pastor Bijay, who serves[Read More…]

June 6, 2020 Human Rights
Christian Pastor Brutally Attacked In Uttar Pradesh, Admitted In ICU

Christian Pastor Brutally Attacked In Uttar Pradesh, Admitted In ICU

A brutal attack by unidentified religious fanatics on May 27, in Mau district in the state of Uttar Pradesh in the Madhuban police station area has confined Pastor Dinesh to the ICU with severe injuries, including 16 stitches on his head and 7 stitches on his arm. After praying at a church member’s home, it had only been a few[Read More…]

May 31, 2020 Human Rights
A Group of Christians Stoned and Beaten up in Chhattisgarh

A Group of Christians Stoned and Beaten up in Chhattisgarh

On the 5th of May, a group of Christians namely *Ramu, *Manu and 7 others, including women, were mercilessly beaten up by a group of religious fanatics at a village in the Bastar District of the Indian State of Chhattisgarh. Why? Because they refused to forsake Christianity. Narrating this incident to Persecution Relief, *Ramu said that for a while now,[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 Human Rights
Two Christian Families Attacked In Chhattisgarh

Two Christian Families Attacked In Chhattisgarh

On the night of the 20th of May 2020, a group of religious fanatics broke into the homes of 2 Christian families who live in Kokkar Pal Panchayat in Sukma District, Chhattisgarh. The group wielded lathis (wooden clubs) and bows and arrows. At roughly 9pm, the families woke up to a nightmare. A total of 10 people including 5 children[Read More…]

May 22, 2020 Human Rights
Home of a Christian Family Mysteriously Set on Fire in Jharkhand

Home of a Christian Family Mysteriously Set on Fire in Jharkhand

The home of a Christian was mysteriously set on fire, endangering the lives of the entire family. On the fateful night of the 15th of May, *Nandu and his family woke up to the smoke and loud screams of “fire”! They had only fallen off to sleep a couple of hours ago not expecting to wake up to a nightmare.[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 Human Rights
Christian Community Attacked In Jharkhand, Modesty Of Woman Outraged

Christian Community Attacked In Jharkhand, Modesty Of Woman Outraged

The Ho people are an ethnic group of India. They are an Adivasi people group concentrated in the state of Jharkhand and Odisha, where they constitute around 10.5% of the Scheduled tribes. Most of their population inhabit forests areas of Jharkhand and Bihar. In one such ‘Ho’ village in Jharkhand, around 35 Christian families reside. Over a 100 Christians including[Read More…]

May 14, 2020 Communal Harmony
In Odisha’s Malkangiri A Christian Man Almost Lynched, His House Ransacked

In Odisha’s Malkangiri A Christian Man Almost Lynched, His House Ransacked

Religion has always been a very sensitive yet unavoidable topic in India. It is woven into the very tapestry of the country. An average Indian may have an acquaintance from almost every religious community in the country and may have never considered religious orientation as a condition of their relationships, but somehow, over the years the poison of religious nationalism[Read More…]

May 9, 2020 Communal Harmony
Ghar Wapsi in the midst of Covid-19, Jharkhand

Ghar Wapsi in the midst of Covid-19, Jharkhand

On the 3rd of May 2020, a family living in a village in Jharkhand, India, was forced to go through Ghar Wapsi (a ceremony of reconversion to Hinduism). This family accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior 4 years ago and has been faithfully walking with the Lord ever since. Persecution Relief was informed about the incident by *Pastor[Read More…]

May 8, 2020 Communal Harmony