From bad to worse

Monday, November 19, 2012
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

India's Dalits, or the "untouchables," continue to be persecuted by upper castes, as evidenced by the recent violence.

The Hindu, India's national English language newspaper, reports that Hindu mobs have destroyed as many as 300 homes in Tamil Nadu.

Yohannan, K.P. (GFA)K.P. Yohannan of Gospel for Asia tells OneNewsNow the attacks have sent about 1,500 people to shelters, then ultimately to government schools -- "all to do with an upper caste girl marrying a boy from the Dalit community."

"And this is not an isolated case," he asserts. "These kinds of things happen all the time. The caste problem and the suffering [are] quite serious."

But even though the situation, affecting a population of about 285 million people, is growing more critical every day, little attention is paid to it. The upper caste considers the Dalits less than human, even less valuable than animals. So they are abused, persecuted and killed.

But the ministry leader says tens of thousands are leaving the Hindu faith, many turning to Christ.

"There is a hope in Christ," Yohannan recognizes. "They're embracing Christ. Of course, some people are moving toward Buddhism and some to Islamism and all that, but the reason is this is the worst form of slavery that I can imagine happening in our generation, and that is the plight, the suffering of the Dalits."

That is why Gospel for Asia is using every resource possible to reach out to Dalits with the message of the gospel.

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