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
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .