For Carrollton Missionaries, an Indian Girl's Gang Rape is Proof Asia Needs More Jesus

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Gospel For Asia
K.P. Yohannan
On the night of December 16, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in Delhi, India was walking home from watching Life of Pi with a male friend. They paid 36 cents to board one of the private buses that serves as public transportation in India's capital.

The crew and passengers, six in all, were all men, residents of a local slum who had been drinking and circling the city in search of entertainment. They spent the next hour beating the friend and brutally gang-raping the woman, finishing off with a metal rod before dumping them half-naked and unconscious onto the street. Doctors later removed the woman's badly damaged intestines in a futile attempt to save her life.

The incident has sparked outrage both in India and abroad and prompted calls for a reassessment of India's male-dominated culture, which often treats women as second-class citizens and trivializes their abuse, sexual and otherwise. There are a lot of difficult questions to be asked.

Luckily for India, a Carrollton-based missionary group, Gospel for Asia

"While India needs enforcement of stricter laws to protect women, ultimate liberation and hope come only through the love of Christ," K. P. Yohannan, the organization's president, said in a press release issued today. "In teaching, we are showing women that Jesus cares about their needs, loves them and answers their prayers."

Yohannan goes on to cite some unsettling statistics about the plight of women in India: more than 10,000 murdered each year over dowries; nearly half of all marriages involve girls under 18; rape, though grossly underreported, is rampant; literacy among women is low. The list goes on.

GFA, though its primary focus is on mission work, devotes a share of its resources toward improving the material lives of Indian women. Its microfinance system there reaches 59,000, according to its press release. It gives direct payments to outcast widows. It provides free meals, education, and healthcare services.

All of which is admirable, and probably more effective than simply having Christ on her side. We're no religious scholars, but we're pretty sure Jesus hardly ever rides the bus.

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GFA, rape and Jebus are problems you can work on in your neighborhood.  Why spend money oversea?

holmantx topcommenter

Almost hallucinogenic, they way you had to ride the Indian atrocity to bitch-slap a Bible thumper.

I thought I was reading about the President's outrage, public apologies and arrest of the Coptic Christian who made the movie that had nothing to do with the death of the Libyan Ambassador to cover up State Department malfeasance.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Gee, that last paragraph is pretty much a cheap shot ... probably that it needs to improve considerably just to be considered as a cheap shot ....

perhaps you just missed the point that KPY is trying to make in that the basic philosophy in India towards women needs to be changed and KPY believes that that is by evangelism of the teachings of Christ.

"I very much like your Christ, I do not like your Christians.  Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." -- Ghandi


that is a hellova a headline. good bait. 


"male-dominated culture, which often treats women as second-class citizens and trivializes their abuse, sexual and otherwise."

You mean exactly how the bible says women are to be treated?

TheCredibleHulk topcommenter


The mere fact that Ghandi thought that Jesus was a groovy guy doesn't make it OK for this fellow to publicly lob passive-aggressive dismissals towards their dominant religious culture.

What K.P.Y. has said and done here would be met with howls of disapproval from American Christians, were the roles to be reversed.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@scottindallas @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul  

Scott, perhaps you overlooked this part of the story:

"...  rape, though grossly underreported, is rampant, ..."

In most south Asian countries, the woman is held responsible for the rape; and, when a woman discloses that she has been raped, she is often rejected by her family.

In India, there are separate cars on trains for women so that they are not fondled, groped or raped while on the train.

scottindallas topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul As to the issue of separate train cars, that would comport well with Muslims among the many faith traditions there.  It IS part of their culture to segregate along those lines, even in Christian homes/cultures there.  A woman is in more danger walking alone at night here than in Iraq or Syria.  There as here the neighborhood matters as do a myriad of other factors.  I'm not saying they're superior to us, but neither can a clear case be made that this country is vastly better.  The empirical evidence is equivocal and is always little more than an arbitrary measure that is devoid of context and often culturally skewed and laden with inherent value judgments. 

scottindallas topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul Our figures are many multiples higher than theirs, so, even accounting for an under-reporting figure of 10X they still have a far smaller problem than we do.

"In the United Kingdom 400,000 women are sexually assaulted and 80,000 are raped each year (2010/2011).  These statistics do not include rape victims who are male, whose aggressors are both male and female.  The population of the United Kingdom is 20 times smaller of India’s population.  Yet living in the UK and reading its media, one could easily think that rape solely existed in India and that there is only injustice against women in the subcontinent and other ‘developing countries.’"

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