Hindus feel that something needs to be done urgently to rescue the European women as 62 million of them have reportedly "experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15". A report released by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) revealed wide prevalence of violence against women in Europe at home, work, in public and online.
Quoting Hindu scriptures, Zed, who is President of Universal
Society of Hinduism, says: Where women are honored, there the gods
are pleased. Men and women are equal in the eyes of God, Zed adds.
Rajan Zed noted: It was really shocking to learn that "33% have
childhood experiences of physical or sexual violence at the hands of
an adult" and one in 20 women had been raped, as the report pointed
He stressed that European policy makers, employers and religious
leaders needed to wake up to this extensive physical, psychological
and sexual abuse of women; including during childhood; and come up
with "real and effective" ways to combat it. He urged His
Holiness Pope Francis to strongly come out condemning all violence
European men should also seriously rethink about their attitudes
and treatment of women in general and work towards bringing positive
changes, Rajan Zed stated.
FRA, headquartered in Vienna (Austria) and established in 2007,
helps to ensure that the fundamental rights of people are protected.
Morten Kjaerum is the Director.