Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Plight of Women in India is Never Ending

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This week I’m writing about Katharine Bushnell’s first contacts with the hapless young women held in the British chakla (military brothel) in 1892. I’m surrounded by articles, books, notes I’ve taken—until I feel immersed in that culture over almost 125 years ago. But. . .

The plight of women in India is never ending

Hear the story of the wife of one of the men sentenced to hang for being one of the four rapists that so damaged a young university student, she died several days later. The story has shocked India, and it seems the courts have finally seen that justice will be done.

But Punita Devi may die too. Not that she’s done anything wrong. But she’s the wife of a murderer and no one in her village or family will take her and her two year old boy in. It isn’t because of the murder; it’s because they claim they can’t afford her. The in-laws don’t want her now that their rapist son is out of work and can’t send money to cover the family’s expenses. Her own family doesn’t want her back because they are already trying to feed too many people from the small income on their one-acre holding. After-all, that’s why they married her off, and sent her with a dowry – a bed and some kitchen utensils.

Punita has had no education. She was taken out of school as a young girl to help in the home since her mother was ill. And even if she were educated, the traditions would not allow her to work outside the home. Her mother-in-law bluntly states, “In our family women die at home. They never venture outside.” The customs of purdah practiced in the region make it almost impossible for her to work outside the home.

So will Punita and her son pay the price for her husband’s crime? Where will she go for help? Oh yes, her last name, Devi, means “goddess.”

Information condensed from a full-page article in The Wall Street Journal, Tuesday, September 24,1013, A16

Where foot binding works!

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Boundless, the fascinating life of Dr. Katharine Bushnell, who exposed and fought sexual trafficking in the 19th century, begins in China.  Kate was horrified at the inhumane  and brutal mangling of little girls’ feet, broken and bound up to never grow beyond three inches in length.  This began Kate’s lifelong passion to see women respected and freed to their full potential, unbound by tradition and free to serve God.

 

This little uTube turns  the story around, to show how thousands of children around the world born with club feet, can be freed to live their full potential—by binding their feet.

 

This is a short promo piece by an NGO, but the pictures of change are amazing. Facilitators have made corrections in more than 27 countries!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSivYVkRWK0&feature=youtu.be

 

And watch for my forthcoming novel, Boundless, based on a true story, full of drama, danger, romance  and adventure.