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Child Tries to Kill Herself – Gospel for Asia


This story is taken from: Child Tries to Kill Herself – Gospel for Asia.

Kanti was desperate. She and her family couldn’t escape the death, sickness, poverty and discrimination that had devastated their lives. In despair, Kanti tried to kill herself. She hadn’t even turned 9 years old yet.

Her story of despair had started years earlier. The child’s father died of alcohol-related liver failure when she was very young. As the family fell deeper into poverty, Kanti’s mother, Lona, began cleaning houses to earn money for herself and her son and daughter. But when she fell sick with tuberculosis, she couldn’t keep up the work. So, while all Kanti’s friends started school, the little girl was forced to wash dishes for a living.

Kanti did this until one of the people she worked for found out she was from a low caste. In a moment, thousands of years of discrimination destroyed what sense of value the little girl had for herself.

Because of the problems Kanti faced, including being deemed “untouchable” by society, she attempted suicide. (more…)

“Unwanted”


A friend just shared an article with me about a group of girls in India. Almost 300 girls just participated in a renaming ceremony because they had all be named Nakusa, which means “unwanted”. The article comes from Fox News, and I have posted it below:

October 22, 2011: Girls hold certificates stating their new official names during a renaming ceremony in Satara, India.

MUMBAI, India –  More than 200 Indian girls whose names mean “unwanted” in Hindi have chosen new names for a fresh start in life.

A central Indian district held a renaming ceremony Saturday that it hopes will give the girls new dignity and help fight widespread gender discrimination that gives India a skewed gender ratio, with far more boys than girls.

The 285 girls — wearing their best outfits with barrettes, braids and bows in their hair — lined up to receive certificates with their new names along with small flower bouquets from Satara district officials in Maharashtra state. (more…)

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