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How Would You Handle This Situation?

Location: India
Camera info: Canon Rebel 350D • lens 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
ISO 1600 • f 5.6 • SS 1/100

This is Jyothi. She showed up one day where our group of students was staying, and immediately stole everyone’s hearts. Jyothi was born into a Hindu family that belonged to a lower caste. In India, the caste system pervades nearly all aspects of the culture, from work and education to whom they can marry. Jyothi’s parents could work, but only in some of the most menial and low-paying jobs available, as they were not educated. They told us they wouldn’t be able to afford to send her to school either, and her life would look the same as theirs.  During the weeks we saw her, I noticed she had only two dresses to wear, both dirty and torn. Yet she was always happy and excited to spend time with us — or maybe she was just excited about the candy we had! Either way, she became an unofficial member of our group, and we made sure she got to join in with activities when she was around.

What would you have done in this situation? What is your take on the caste system in India?

Stay tuned for Part 2 of Joythi’s story, coming next week!

3 responses

  1. Sheesh

    I remember in India running into the caste sytem so much. It is so sad and so wrong. We know that God values all people with love in fact he uses the weak to confound the wise…not many mighty, not many wise…

    I believe she saw the love of Jesus in you all and it is something she will never forget. A seed well planted. The story of her 2 dresses made me want to have given her another. Then I remembered when we were in the middle east and we befriended a servant. We just loved him but the wealthy man who owned the hotel we stayed in resented that we made friends with such a lowly servant and considered it insulting. Things are upside down in the world. I am glad we are pilgrims and foreigners in this world…this is not our home…we are just passing thru…lets make a mark on it while we pass. 🙂

    February 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    • Yes! Isn’t that crazy when people get upset about us loving those below them? We bought another beggar girl a dress and the store owner was upset about it. *sigh*

      “Upside down” is right!

      February 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm

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