Female infanticide is so widely practiced that India has one of the most skewed sex ratios in the world at 929 females for 1000 males. The natural birth ratio worldwide is approximately 1050 women to 1000 males. Alarmingly, several districts in South India have now fallen below 800 females for 1000 males.
There is a handful of driving factors that cause a society to devalue the life of a person that has little or no value. Yesterday, I received this demographic overview of India. As I read through the list it seemed there were overwhelming odds stacked against the chance of India changing its culture from one that views women as an expense or liability to one of value and worth. But somewhere deep down inside I know The Rhema Project will be a part in helping India prevail.
To summarize Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, states you must be willing to address to brutal facts to become a great organization. Greatness is not about size of the organization but its ability to face reality and preserve with disciplined people that have disciplined thought and disciplined action over and over.
Pop density: 320.2/ sq. km (829.3/sq. mi).
Under 15 years 337,651,000
Life expectancy: 64
Household size 5.6 (Floor area per person sq.m: 12.0)
Languages: Hindi and English, Assamese, Bengali,
Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu
Labor Force: 38 %
National income p.a. per person: US$ 340; per family $1,904
Adult literacy: 52% (male 65%, female 37%). Schools: 812,975.
Universities: 7,958. School enrolment: female 62% male: 83%
Access to health services: 85%
Access to safe water: 81%.
Hospitals: 15,067 (8 beds per 10,000)
Underweight prevalence under 5: 53%
Communication per (1,000 people)
Phones: 13 (4% mobile)
T.V. Sets: 61
Daily newspaper circulation 21
-Life expectancy is 64 years but a variety of diseases ravage the impoverished villagers, cutting their productive years to no more than 40.
·Per capita income is $240 but many unemployed individuals in cities scrape by on a mere 10 cents a day.
·Daily calorie supply is 2,229, but the average diet is so deficient in vital nutrients and proteins that it can be described as only a little better than fasting.
·In villages, most people still live in one-room hovels, which in many instances, also house the cattle and in the cities, millions live in slums in shacks built of cardboard or tin.
·Sanitation facilities are nonexistent in villages and small towns except for open latrines serviced by the untouchable class of scavengers.
·Nearly 41% of the urban population and 51% of the rural population live below the poverty level.
·While three fourths of Indians who live in rural areas live in unrelieved misery most of their lives, the other 25 percent make up a sector of people who benefit from India’s reasonably good, British-built infrastructure, making it the 10th largest in the world for industrial output and one of the best systems of higher education in the world.
·India has one of the longest constitutions in the world. It guarantees all basic liberties and these liberties have basically been upheld and respected even in the worst of times. In terms of human rights violations per capita, India ranks lowest in the world and is applauded by Amnesty International. Excesses and abuses are related to India’s political troubles, particularly the violent, ethnic, religions, caste communal and secessionist activities and the need to contain these activities by force.
·Discrimination of various kinds are built into Indian society and while the government is pledged to reduce them, social pressures have continued to sustain them. Gender discrimination is the most flagrant. Female bondage, forced prostitution, dowry deaths (killing of young brides by the husband or his family because they do not bring enough money as dowry), and child marriage remain common in many parts of India. Child prostitution is rampant in the large urban areas. In Bombay there are over 100,000 prostitutes—most of them minors. Female infanticide is so widely practiced that India has one of the most skewed sex ratios in the world at 929 females for 1000 males.
We have a busy season in front of us at The Rhema Project. Who’s in for the challenge? This is your reward.