Sunday, August 5, 2007

The Female Infanticide Capitol of India…

As we continued to drive, at one point Raj turned to me and said, “look out the window… you see this place? This entire district (Madurai) has the highest incidence of female infanticide in India.” So I looked out the window and noticed how remarkably few women I saw walking around. See, here in India, if your wife bears you a daughter, your rationale goes something like this: “Well, we don’t really have enough food to go around as it is, so she’ll be hungry her whole life while she’s in our house. Plus, we’ll have to clothe her and care for her, which again, will be a significant drain on our already limited resources. Then we’ll have to raise a dowry for her to marry her off (a sizeable sum equaling up to $3 – 5,000, even for a poor family), and in the end, she won’t be able to help us when we are old and frail (that’s the son’s job… a daughter’s job is to take care of her husband’s family, not her own). So really, it’s better for everyone (including the baby), if we just give her a hug, take her down to the river, and then hold her under until she stops breathing.” I’m not trying to be melodramatic or unnecessarily graphic, and i hope that you’ll forgive me if such seems to be the case. Rather, I just had no idea (until a couple of years ago when I started coming to India with Rob) that such things still happen in the world, but they do. And we were driving through the middle of it. I had a hard time sorting through the emotions, and still do. Rage, helplessness, sorrow, hope (yeah, even hope… as Jesus comes into these communities, things like this atrocity stop) and amazement. And the more people (like all of us) who know about it, the better the chances that it won’t continue much longer as we pray, serve, engage and support the work of the men and women who are planting churches in areas like this.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

We do not need your people "planting" churches and trying to convert innocent people to your religion..... get the **** out of my country ! We are good the way we are now..... unless you want us to "plant" hindu temples all over your country and convert your lot!

Anonymous said...

These people are not planting churches. They are there visiting Indian church planters who had invited them to come. They came to see India first hand, to fall in love with your beautiful people and to learn. We have Hindu temples all over our country, and they are very welcome, as are the people who worship there, some of whom are good friends of people on this team.

Anonymous said...

I am the owner of the first anonymous post..... I take it back :-( ...sorry for bad-mouthing you..... I am just against the people who travel to other countries just for the sake of converting locals to another religion in the name of social reform/uplifting. If it is India and its people that you want to experience, you are more than welcome to do so.... I would be the first person to invite you and take you around !

Anonymous said...

I understand completely! Thanks for responding back so graciously! You have an amazing country and we love it!! Thank you! :)