Future of Girl Child - November 16, 2014
As usual, the service started at 8.30 am on November 16. Rev William Jones started the service with a word of prayer. Presbyter in-charge of Sawday Memorial Church, Mysuru, Rev Mohan Manoraj, in his sermon, said the subject of the girl child always raises eyebrows mostly out of curiosity and partly out of something conscience touching. In the first bible reading, taken from 2 Kings 5:1-5, speaks about how the servant girl tells her master's wife that if only her master would go to the prophet in Samaria his skin disease would get better. A wonderful example to show how selfless a woman can be even in the most difficult of conditions. William Carey was attending a retreat in Kolkata. When the retreat was over all the youth were filled with a sense of blessing from the holy spirit and vouched to do something for society. As they were talking, a girl child was being drifted across in the river behind them. One of the youths jumped in and saved the child and after being rescued and brought to safety another girl child was nearly drowning in the same river. Again after saving that child they figured that someone was throwing away these children. On walking up the river they found a tribe of forest nearby who was doing this act. After inquiring why they did so, the tribal people said: "Our daughters grow up with a lot of difficulty. After their marriage, if the husband dies, the woman also have to jump into the fire (Sati system). That's why we are killing them while they are young. Shocked William Carey took it seriously and fought till it was abolished.
Today the world is being hounded with various crimes against girls and women. A girl begins to sacrifice at a very young age. She saves the chocolate she gets for her brother, she sacrifices her time for the smile of her parents, she sacrifices her youth and vigor for her husband and in the end she dies sacrificing all that she could for her family. We must act towards helping the girl child in today's world to come out of all these odds.