News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

World Watch Monitor
World News

Christians in India threatened with weekly church closures

by Eno Adeogun

Christian villagers in India's Maharashtra state have reportedly been told that one church will be closed down every week because "luring" people to convert to Christianity is "destroying" local tradition and culture.

Homes belonging to Christians in the state have been attacked by local extremist groups in the past few months with some believers being threatened with being cut off from local water supplies and access to government-subsidised groceries if they don't give up their faith.


On Sunday villager Gallu Kowasi was badly beaten by locals demanding he renounce his faith, the World Watch Monitor reports.

A source that wished to remain anonymous said Christians are also being threatened with expulsion from their village.

The source explained: "If one person in the family is converted to Christianity, the rest of the family unites with the village and all of them immediately socially boycott that person.

"The new Christian convert will be given no job in the village and no-one will come to help him with his work. The social boycott is just the start.

"Thereafter the new convert is threatened constantly to leave his faith; he can be easily attacked and his house attacked."

The majority of attacks on Christian homes took place at the end of June in protest of the building of a new church in Halwar village.

Stay up to date with the latest news stories from a Christian perspective. Sign up to our daily newsletter and receive more stories like this straight to your inbox every morning.

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email