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.
"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
Gospel for Asia introduces the women to Christianity, educates
them, and teaches them skills to support themselves.
An American-Iranian pastor remains in jail in Iran on trumped up
charges. Though he faces an 8-year term in a violent prison, his
family members in Idaho are enduring the situation and remain
hopeful for positive news.