An Indian court has said that controversial evangelist Benny Hinn will be allowed to visit the state of Karnataka despite protests and petitions from fundamentalist Hindi groups against him.
"India is a secular country. It has so many sects, languages, beliefs and religions as well as social and cultural groups. Tolerance is the need of the hour. We are shocked that the courts are used for these kinds of issues," said Karnataka's High Court, according to Asia News.
Hinn, who is scheduled to speak at a Christian Prayer Conference in Bangalore later this month, attracted protests from close to 2,000 Hindus who on Jan. 3 gathered in the city and called for officials to ban him from visiting. more >>
Benny Hinn, controversial evangelist known for his "miracle healing crusades," is one of the main speakers at a Christian Prayer Conference being held this month in Bangalore, India. As with his last visit in 2005, Hinn's engagement has set off protests among locals concerned that the charismatic preacher will be flying into the country with "a hidden agenda."
An estimated 2,000 Hindus gathered in Bangalore, in the State of Karnataka, on Friday, Jan. 3 to demand that government officials bar Hinn from attending the Christian Prayer Conference. The event, scheduled for Jan. 15-17, is being hosted by the local Bethel Assembly of God Church.
"Hinn is coming to Karnataka with a hidden agenda of converting Hindus to Christianity as he did when he visited Bangalore in 2005. Several organizations are secretly working for the success of the event," representatives of protesting groups were quoted as saying. more >>
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 >>