The response of a Hindu leader concerning the rape of four nuns in India last week outraged Indian Christian groups.
Baikunth Lal Sharma, a senior official of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), reportedly described the rape as the consequence of Hindu anger over conversions. It is widely known that the VHP often struggles with Christian groups in a campaign against what it deems "conversion of Hindus through allurement."
Christian priests believe the incident was not isolated. A number of other incidents, including attacks on missionaries in the western state of Gujarat, have been reported. Bishop Vincent Concessao, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Delhi, said, "It (the rape) was not just one incident. There have been a series of incidents."
Concessao also said that Hindu fundamentalists brought on security threats to Christian missionaries through their campaign techniques.
Media Resources: Nando.net Reuters- September 30, 1998
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .