Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | March 7, 2013

Off To A Bad Start

Houston, Texas en route to New Delhi, India

The year 2012 did not end well in India. The sub-continent was embroiled in public protests and impassioned debate triggered by the brutal gang-rape and subsequent death of a 23-year-old medical intern. The horrid details of the violent attack on this young woman and her 28-year-old male friend are beyond comprehension. The young woman struggled for survival for thirteen-days before she died of the injuries she sustained in the attack.

Outraged protestors throughout the nation demanded better police protection of women and tougher laws against rapists — laws that match the crime. Every newspaper in India and news services around the world covered this story for weeks. Yet, in spite of the widespread news coverage and protests, little has changed. In the weeks immediately following the death of the young medical intern, these are some of the headlines that dominated the news in India.

January 6 | 2 Year-old Girl, 4 Minors Raped in India
January 6 | Indian Woman Jumps from Train to Escape Rape
January 12 | Seven Year-old Raped and Murdered
January 13 | India Gang Rape: Woman Assaulted by Bus Driver, Conductor
January 25 | Man Held for Raping, Killing 5-Year-old Navi Mumbai Girl

These are only a few selected headlines of many other similar ones from Indian news sources. So, in spite of the outrage and protests, India is off to a bad start in 2013. To add to the problem, female gendercide is at an all-time high in India. Gendercide is the silent elimination of females through sex-selective abortion, infanticide, or death through various forms of neglect.

murmadi rapeRape and the abuse of women is not endemic to India. It is a world-wide problem that must be addressed. What is especially troubling about India, however, is the number of very young girls who are brutally abused. One of the most disturbing stories this month is that of three sisters (ages 11, 9, and 5) that were raped and murdered. Their bodies were found at the bottom of a deep water-well near their home.

When our first daughter was born, I was thrilled when the doctor announced, “It’s a girl!” I could not have been any happier than to know that God had blessed our family with a daughter. The three words that brought so much joy to my heart however, are perhaps the three most dangerous words in India. Being a girl in or outside the womb in India these days is a dangerous thing. And unless laws concerning the treatment of women are changed and are strictly enforced, newspapers in India will continue to carry disturbing headlines about the treatment of little girls and women of all ages.

Changing the laws of India however will not be enough to bring about change. All those guilty of abusing women, regardless of where they live, share one thing in common — a disregard for the sanctity and value of life. This is, at its very core, a worldview issue and a problem with the heart. Changing laws is easier than enforcing them and enforcing laws is easier than changing hearts. As a Christ-follower, I believe that God can change the heart of even the most vile individual who willingly submits to Him. Only as hearts are changed will the headlines of our newspapers carry better news. I am committed to working toward that end.


Responses

  1. Omar, thanks for sharing this “bad news” article. As much as I don’t want to hear these types of stories, they need to be heard and known. As a father myself of 2 daughters, I cannot comprehend how a human being can commit such atrocious acts on others, especially children. I too am committed to working towards changing hearts and defending the defenseless, as God enables me. The Lord bless you, Shoby

    • Thanks, Shoby. These terrible acts are heartbreaking. Thanks for being a champion for the weak and defenseless. May we continue to labor on their behalf.

  2. Thanks for sharing about the women of India. It is so sad that women of India are for some seen as possessions of either father or husband. The Lord needs so deperately to change men’s heart to respect women as precious and to be worthy of equal respect. Praise the Lord for Chrisians in India who strive to bring empowerment to ladies and girls. It good to hear about those who pray and work for greater rights for women & girls.

    God Bless you Omar

    Paul & Sarah

    • Thanks for your comment, Paul and Sarah. I just boarded my flight to Delhi where I will be speaking this weekend on women’s issues. Very troubling to know how women in all parts of the world are treated with less than the dignity and respect they deserve. Prayers welcome and appreciated.


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