Warning this topic may distress some readers
The news on Friday included an all too familiar story of life in India. If you are a parent I would recommend you read today’s blog yourself before letting your children read this. Yet, it is stories like this that remind me of why we need to continue to support the work of agencies like World Vision and Compassion in India.
On Wednesday morning two teenage girls, cousins, were found hanging from a mango tree in an orchard near the village where they lived. Murdered after being sexually assaulted.
What makes this even more shocking, if that is possible, is that some of the local police did nothing when it was first reported that the two girls had gone missing. There is even some suggestion of the police shielding the attackers. The reason was the girls were Dalit. A low caste in India, and they were female.
Jesleen Kher, Gender and Development Specialist, World Vision India, says in India, “A girl is perceived as an object and a liability. This perception makes her more susceptible to social evils like sexual assault, harassment, domestic violence, rape… Invariably, the blame falls on the girl”
Jen and I have seen firsthand the work to bring dignity back to girls who have been beaten and mistreated simply for being female.
In an interview with some of the girls from a Northwest Delhi project by Worldvision, one of the members of an action group for girls, said, “we have learnt that there is more to a girl’s life than to just sit at home aimlessly. Being part of this group has given us the courage to follow our dreams. It has also given us a platform to share our problems with one another so that we can find solutions for them.”
This is about helping these girls find the significance, value and dignity that they have as beings made in the image of God. The money we collect through our Project India cans goes directly to World Vision and Compassion to address situations like this, where there is a lack of justice and care for these girls.
Keep up the good work Mosaic. Keep putting your change in the Project India cans so we can support the work in India. Sponsor a World Vision or Compassion child in Dehli (there will be a chance in the next few weeks). Also, consider joining us for our mission trip to India in January, to visit the work of Compassion and World Vision in Delhi.