Friday, February 3, 2012

Be Aware: Women in India - Widows

Culturally widows are blamed for their husband's death, shunned, hated, reviled (even by their own family), and considered cursed. "In order to provide for themselves and their children, many resort to gathering food from the trash. Some gain income only from selling their bodies on the streets. For those who cannot bear the shame, suicide is their only escape." 

- Suicide rate 10x higher than the world's average 
- One in four homes in India is home to a widow 
- 92% of women 70+ years old are widows

"Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let thy widows trust in Me."
[Jer. 49:11]

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation."
[Matt. 23:14]

"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."
[James 1:27]

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