INDIA: Preacher murdered in latest violent attack

In yet another shocking incident in India, a preacher belonging to the Church of South India(CSI) has been killed and his body disposed of in Nizamabad in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

A young man reportedly approached Prem Kumar (aged 67), a voluntary worker of CSI Church in Nizamabad around 8 a.m. on Thursday 8th June 2006 with a request to hold a prayer service in his village Rampur Thanda under Kotagiri Mandal. Prem Kumar readily obliged and went along with him. However before leaving, he asked his son Sunil to keep in touch him every 30 minutes by mobile phone.

INDIA: Violent attacks on churches

A crowd of nearly 500 Hindu villagers attacked the pastor of a house church (Pastor Raju, pictured left)), his wife and other church members in the southern state of Karnataka on Sunday 1 May. The attackers sexually molested female church members and burned Bibles and other Christian literature.

About 60 people were present at the Sunday service of King Jesus Church, which meets in the Mysore district in Karnataka state.

INDIA: Hindu militants kidnap pastor’s wife

Pastor Dharmesh Ninama is an Assemblies of God missionary in Gujarat, an Indian state run by the BJP. He has been violently assaulted twice by a Hindu militant gang opposed to his open preaching.

On 29 May, the militants attacked the pastor in an even more painful way ÀÜ they assaulted and kidnapped his wife, Manulaben Dinana (23). Eyewitnesses say she was kidnapped in the market by a group of ten men led by a Hindu militant named Devjibhai Hirabhai Pargi.

India plans “anti-conversion” laws

The Hindu revivalist movement in India has recently concentrated its attentions on trying to stem the tide of Dalits (oppressed lower-caste Hindus) converting to other religions.

“Anti-conversion” laws have already been introduced in a number of states including Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Tamil Nadu and a national “anti-conversion” law has been proposed.