Millions of Christians in India from the lowest caste system, known as "dalit," are being forced to choose between their faith and receiving government benefits available only to "untouchables," a report has said.
The International Christian Concern noted on Sunday that there are close to 25 million Dalits across India who've converted to Christianity, but now must make the choice between maintaining their faith or benefiting from a government program that only helps them if they identify with their Hindu background.
"This choice has significantly affected the constitutional right India's citizens have to freely choose a religion for themselves," the ICC reported. more >>
A group of around 30 Hindu radicals reportedly attacked a Christian pastor and 15 of his church members singing Christmas carols in the Indian city of Hyderabad over the weekend, accusing the Christians of trying to convert people. The attack left Pastor Bhim Nayak of Banjara Baptist Church and four other Christians severely injured.
International Christian Concern reported that the attack occurred on Saturday night, when Nayak and his church members were singing carols while visiting other Christian families in the Singareny Colony in Hyderabad. The radicals surrounded the Christians and their vehicle, before accusing them of trying to forcefully convert people to Christianity.
What followed was a severe beating that left Nayak unconscious and covered in blood, needing to be taken to the hospital and receive first aid. The local hospital has said that the pastor remains in critical condition, while four other Christians injured in the attack are receiving medical attention as well. more >>
International Christian Concern has warned that Sangh Parivar, an umbrella Hindu nationalist group, is inflicting suffering and looking to cleanse the minority Christian population in India, much like terror group ISIS is doing in Iraq and Syria.
The watchdog group said in a press release that the nationalist group and its associate organizations have been directing hate speech toward Christians and leading attacks on pastors and churches in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Believers are reportedly worried that radical Hindu nationalism and persecution of minorities will escalate.
John Dayal, a member of the Indian government's National Integration Council, said: "There has been a sharp rise in hate campaigns against Christians by political organizations. This threat of purging Christians from villages extends from Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh to now Uttar Pradesh, and to the borders of the national capital of New Delhi." more >>
Doctors who extracted a shocking 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in India Monday were so overwhelmed by the haul that they have decided to submit the case to the Guinness World Record to check if they may have stumbled on a record for most number of teeth extracted from one person's mouth.
According to the Mumbai Mirror, a year and a half ago, 17-year-old Ashiq Gavai's family noticed a swelling on the right side of his jaw in the Indian village of Buldhana district. About a month ago, the boy started experiencing severe pain, and when doctors couldn't diagnose what was causing the swelling his family worried it was cancer pushing his father, Suresh Gavai, to take him to specialists in Mumbai.
"I was worried that it may turn out to be cancer so I brought him to Mumbai," Gavai said. more >>
The highest court in India has ruled on Monday that Shariah law cannot be legally forced on citizens who do not wish to have the system applied to them.(Photo: Mukesh Gupta/Reuters)Muslims offer prayers before having their Iftar (fast-breaking) meal during the holy month of Ramadan at a madrasa or religious school on the outskirts of Jammu.
Judge C. K. Prasad, who sits on the country's Supreme Court, explained that Shariah Law system is not legally binding in India. more >>
A 13-year-old boy from Punjab, India, who is worshipped by the locals and believed to be an incarnation of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman, is thinking of having his seven-inch tale removed despite the adoration.
Arshid Ali Khan will have to decide on his own whether to have the tail removed, which could be causing some of his health issues, but his grandfather, Iqbal Qureshi, said Khan should keep his tail rather than face a risky operation.
"It is for Balaji to decide. If he wants to get the tail removed, we do not mind," Qureshi said. "He has trouble walking and so we are asking doctors what can be done." more >>