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Persecution

Christianity brings help to mistreated women

Charlie Butts   (OneNewsNow.com) Tuesday, January 08, 2013

The head of a ministry operating in India says hearts must change in order for the stain of mistreatment of women to be removed from that nation.

International uproar continues over the brutal gang rape and death of a woman in New Delhi, a city described as the rape capital of the world. K.P. Yohannan of Gospel for Asia tells OneNewsNow it is also a problem in rural areas where authorities will not take action, especially if the woman is part of the untouchable caste known as Dalits. Dowry killing is also frequent, he adds, with about 10,000 per year.

Yohannan, K.P. (GFA)"When a girl is getting married, the parents are to bring so much money to the husband's family, and they often cannot give all the money but make promises they will do it," he explains.

"And then, of course, the poor girl is harassed and abused continually to bring the money from her parents and in many cases these women get killed."

According to GFA, each year thousands of widows are blamed for their husband's death due to an alleged curse, and some flee to Widow's Island. GFA missionaries respond in all situations.

"Wherever Christian faith takes root, they will find liberation and freedom for all people and especially for them," Yohannan says. "This is always true, and we know this from our own work of hundreds of our own missionaries working among these kinds of situations."

Gospel for Asia introduces the women to Christianity, educates them, and teaches them skills to support themselves.

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