Breast cancer was found to be more common in women who used birth control pills, had a child after the age of 27, breastfed their babies less, had an abortion and began menstruating at an early age, in new research conducted in India.
Women who began their menstrual cycle before the age of 16 were 2.76 times more likely to develop breast cancer. The risk increased 9.5 times for women who used birth control pills, 6.26 times for an abortion, 14.9 times for breastfeeding less than 13 months, 3.29 times for having a child after the age of 27, and 2.68 times for beginning menopause after age 49, according to the research conducted by A.S. Bhadoria, U. Kapil, N. Sareen and P. Singh, of the Department of Gastroenterology and Human Nutrition Unit, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India.
The article, "Reproductive factors and breast cancer: A case-control study in tertiary care hospital of North India," was published in the December issue of Indian Journal of Cancer. more >>
The Supreme Court of India ruled on Wednesday to reinstate a ban on gay sexual relations, threatening violators with up to 10 years in jail.
The Supreme Court decided to overturn a 2009 Delhi High Court decision which ruled as unconstitutional a section of the penal code dating back to 1860 that prohibits "carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal," Reuters reported. The judges decided that only the parliament can change this certain section.
"It's a black day for us," said Anjali Gopalan, the executive director of the Naz Foundation, in support of gay rights. "I feel exhausted right now, thinking that we have been set back by 100 years." more >>
A Christian missions organization believes that a seven-year-old Indian Christian boy who was drowned and tortured last month was killed because of his religion.
"It's unthinkable that this would happen to a little child like this," K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director of Gospel for Asia, said in a press release. "Persecution against Christians is an ongoing matter that we see happening every week. In fact, it's increased by 400 percent in the last several years, but the killing of a little child like this is unheard of. Our people are already there to comfort and meet the needs of the family."
Anmol, whose last name has not been released, was reported missing on Nov. 18, after he did not return home after playing with his friends. His body was found in a pond and recovered by authorities later that night. more >>
An influential aboriginal tribal group in southern India has lodged a formal police complaint seeking penal action against missionaries for allegedly converting more than 1,000 original indigenous families to Christianity by "allurement" and "brainwashing."
The Girijana Kriya Koota, a tribal welfare group in Karnataka state, has filed a complaint to senior police officials in the district of Mysore, seeking "protection" of the tribal culture, according to The Hindu daily.
The group has alleged that Christian missionaries had for years been promising the aboriginal people that their troubles would end if they accepted Christianity. The conversions can be attributed to "brainwashing" efforts by missionaries, it claimed. more >>
The parents of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar have been found guilty of her murder and that of family servant Hemraj Banjade. The couple, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have been sentenced to life in prison for the double murder.
Aarushi was found at home with her throat slit and a serious head wound in May 2008; her parents initially tried to blame the servant, Banjade, but his body was found on the roof of the family home the very next day.
"Parents are the best protectors of their own children," Judge Shyam Lal said when reading his verdict. "That is the order of human nature but there have been freaks in the history of mankind where the father and mother become the killer of their own progeny." more >>
Editor's note: The following is part two of a two-part interview with Prabhu Singh Vedhamanickam, Ph.D, a missions scholar well-known in both the U.S. and India as a trainer of missionaries to India and the world. According to Dr. Prabhu Singh, relationships in the global church can be strained when short-term and resident missionaries from wealthy nations don't confront wrong notions they have about Christianity in the world. He asserts attempts to partner have sometimes gone awry, producing hurt and separation, and argues it's time we come together.
Q: What is the appropriate role of American Christians and churches in participating and partnering with Indian Christians and mission agencies?
A: In my opinion, the role of the American church should be a complimentary one, rather than a frontline one. There are many different avenues to work with the poor in India, serve through business endeavors, facilitate training in some needy areas, etc. Financial assistance is also good, as long as it is done in a way that does not lead to dependency and control. Above all, I think the best role would be prayer. That's a major role for both sides. We need to be praying for one another. more >>