Saving Baby Girls From Infanticide in India

The 21st century has witnessed a great rise in development around the world. Communications and scientific research are developing at a rapid pace. The world is moving toward great change in culture and lifestyle. Gender equality is becoming common in many places, and girls are achieving heights once thought impossible.

However, even as the world is moving toward progress, the age-old social evil of female infanticide still shows its ugly face in developing countries such as India.

The prevalence of female infanticide in Chellampatty, Madurai, is heartbreaking. No efforts to curb this social evil have succeeded thus far.

However, our Child Survival Program (CSP) has become a powerful instrument of God to change, eradicate and reduce the prevalence of female infanticide and feticide in this society through adequate postnatal care and effective child development. One particular Child Survival Program doing this is aptly named “Mercy.”

The Hard Truth about Infanticide in India

Female infanticide is the intentional killing of baby girls. Even in modern India, some parents long for a male child rather than a female. As a result, they adopt different methods to get rid of the babies soon after they are born.

Parents do not normally kill the first or second female child, but the third is often killed. Villagers use every available means to be rid of an unwanted girl.

Some babies are given cactus milk that acts as a poison; hot chicken soup is poured into a baby’s mouth; babies are made to lie down on wet sack cloth, and unable to bear the wetness they die of fits; at the time of delivery, as a baby comes out from the mother’s womb, her nose and mouth is deliberately closed for some time until she dies of suffocation, and so on.

Infanticide in India

The Cost of a Daughter

The motive behind such a practice is the dowry system, which requires that a bride’s family pay out a great deal of money or property when a girl is married. Thus, for poor families, the birth of a girl is seen as the beginning of financial downfall and extreme poverty. Also, a family without a male child is considered to be a family without an inheritance.

No sooner than a girl is born, the parents begin to save money exclusively to prepare for the large sum of money that has to be spent on her as she grows up.

During puberty, a great feast is traditionally held, inviting friends and relatives. The purpose is to declare that their girl is fit for marriage. The parents spend a lot of money for this event.

When giving her in marriage, a large sum has to be spent again for a dowry. Most often the dowry demanded is much above what the family can afford. As a result, to get their daughter married, parents are forced to borrow the amount, and they have to spend the rest of their lives repaying the debt.

And the cost of a daughter isn’t over with marriage. The parents are expected to continue spending for her. During the eighth month of their daughter’s pregnancy, they hold a grand event, and the first delivery expenses have to be taken care of by them.

The parents are to put ornaments of gold on their grandchild when he or she is born, and they have to bear the expenses of an ear-piercing ceremony, another grand event to which all friends and relatives are invited. Nearly $1,000 to $2,200 is spent on average.

Moreover, whenever there is a death in the family of the girl’s husband, the entire funeral expenses have covered by the girl’s parents.

Because of these many financial obligations invited by a birth of a baby girl, very little attention is given to girls in the family. They are considered a burden.

Mercy for Baby Girls

Recognizing the need in this area, the staff at the Mercy Child Survival Program are working to save the lives of innocent baby girls.

Infanticide in India CSP staff

The staff of the Mercy Child Survival Program

Initially, they identify pregnant mothers and their families and begin counseling them. The women are encouraged to accept the birth of a girl. Awareness classes are conducted on various issues, such as family planning, reproduction, child birth, abortion, types of delivery, immunization, communicable diseases and child marriage.

But beyond advocacy for the babies, there are numerous occasions wherein the staff have intervened and saved the life of a female child.

Infanticide in India Ramaye Lakshmi

Twin girls Ramaye and Lakshmi

A woman named Pandeswari gave birth to twin girls, Ramaye and Lakshmi. Her husband, Muniyandi, works as a sweeper. Pandeswari had one daughter already, so the birth of twin girls disappointed them.

Although determining the gender of a baby before birth is illegal in India, in their town it is still secretly done. As a result, the moment parents come to know it is a girl, the child is aborted.

In this case, the family wanted to abort the twins in the womb. However, the Child Survival Program staff closely watched over them, counseled them, and protected the babies.

One day, when the Child Survival Program meeting was going on, Kanamma, Pandeswari’s mother-in-law, came to the meeting with her two newborn granddaughters and laid them on the floor. One baby weighed under two pounds and the other weighed 2 1/4 pounds.

Kannamma said very openly to the staff at the Child Survival Program,

“We can’t take care of these two children. If you want to save the children, please help us; otherwise we don’t mind killing them.”

Both babies were enrolled in the Child Survival Program. And now, the girls are in the child sponsorship program.

Infanticide in India Amudha Family

Amudha with her family.

Yet another instance involves a mother called Amudha. She had two daughters. When she conceived for the third time, everyone eagerly expected her to give birth to a boy. However, she bore a girl.

This disappointed everyone in the family as well as in the village. Everybody advised her to kill the baby and wait for another child who might be a boy.

At that time, a CSP staff member intervened and counseled the mother and father that female infanticide is a social evil. The family was also promised help through the Child Survival Program.

Now this child, Swathi, is five years old and is a sponsored through the Compassion program.

Infanticide in India Radhika with her Daughter

Radhika and her youngest daughter

Another mother who was helped is Radhika. She has two daughters named Adhisaya and Lavanya. When the first daughter was born, the father was not happy.

The second time a daughter was born, Radhika went through several struggles. There were lots of fights and quarreling among the family.

When Radhika conceived for the third time, she moved to her mother’s place in the third month of her pregnancy, fearing that her husband and her in-laws would kill the baby in the womb.

Radhika gave birth to another girl who is now 20 months old. However, Radhika’s husband has not come to take her back home or to even look at his child.

Her husband says, “I don’t need the girl child.”

The Child Survival Program provides constant support to the little girl. All of Radhika’s daughters are with her now. They have lost the love of their father, and because of it, at times Radhika felt that she would end her life.

However, due to the encouragement and support provided by the CSP staff, Radhika and her children have a new lease on life.

Had it not been for the Child Survival Program and your support, today you would find children like Ramaye, Lakshmi and Swathi only in the grave.

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  1. Jaclyn November 11, 2014

    I am a recent graduate from college and I am very passionate about helping these poor girls and helping their families see how important and equal they are. I was wondering if you have a volunteer program or a position open in India for a helper or counselor. I unfortunately don’t have any medical or psychology training but I am eager to help in any way possible. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and I hope to help spread their stories in order to inspire compassion and support for them and all the girls of India.

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan November 12, 2014

      Hi Jaclyn! Congratulations on graduating college and thank you so much for your desire to make an impact on girls and families in India! Our projects are staffed by local people who are able to present the gospel and all aspects of our program in a way that the children will understand within their culture. We feel that the indigenous staff members know the best way to present the gospel and apply God’s truth in their lives. Regrettably, we do not send employees from the United States to work overseas in our projects.

      We do have many positions here in the United States that are a very necessary part of helping the children in our programs, including India, that you might be interested in. Our headquarters in located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and you can find all of the open jobs at There are a also a few regional jobs around the country.

      God bless you and I pray that the Lord would guide you in making these big decisions you have coming up in your future! God will use you in mighty ways :).

  2. atish vashist August 30, 2014

    girls should be loved and respected

  3. Jack January 13, 2013

    Why dont the governments out there just scrap the dowry tradition to end these injustices? (make it 50/50 or even make the mens family pay the dowry instead ). They could be forced to do something like this soon if girls/women become that scarce. (or continue trafficking which will affect other countries gender ratio)

    Also agree with Stephens comment, how can these countries (china aswell) have any spirituality about them whatsover to allow girls to be killed like this.

    the real concern here is the size of these populations/inbalances for area/world instability in the future.

  4. Lizette Morla October 4, 2012

    Is there an adoption program for people wanting to adopt from the US?

    1. Jacquie Parella October 4, 2012

      No, sorry Lizette, we don’t work in the area of adoption at all.

  5. sharee May 31, 2012

    This is just terrible how can such a thing even happen and there are really PEOPLE that do this with no feelings and to think INDIA worships “COWS” but will think nothing of taking the life of “POOR HELPLESS BABY GIRLS” maybe there should be such thing as automatic removal of the female organs at birth so no FEMALE can become pregnant …. after who deserves the right to bear children if they are been killed and murdered ???

  6. Trina March 5, 2012

    I really like these comments. except the one from Stephen. thats ok, I pray God will give him understanding. God bless you all.

  7. maddy January 29, 2012

    Why do they baby girls

  8. E September 7, 2011

    In a few years, women will be in such short supply that young MEN’S FAMILIES will be forced to pay huge sums to families of GIRLS for the priviledge of marrying them. You might mention THAT to those families who are about to pour sand in their infant girls’ nostrils. Perhaps the prospect of CASH will change their MINDS. “Education” cannot create HEARTS in those who obviously have none.

  9. E September 7, 2011

    @the “miracle story” of the husband who suddenly decided to accept his wife and 3 girls- call me a cynic but perhaps he got tired of sleeping alone and realized that women are (surprise, surprise) in short supply in India.

    1. Trina March 5, 2012

      It is wonderful how God is working in the hearts of people.

  10. Margaret August 20, 2011

    My question may seem trivial in comparison, but I noticed that all the little indian girls have their hair short like a boys. Is this done for gendor purposes? Meaning because they wanted a boy?

  11. Nancy Johnson December 8, 2010

    [quote comment=”21175″]Is it possible to adopt the baby girls from India rather than having parents kill them???[/quote]

    1. Christy December 9, 2010

      Yes, U.S. citizens can currently adopt children from India. See my comment above yours for more details. You will need to contract with an adoption agency that is approved to do international adoptions with India. But before people rush off to “save” one of these girls (which is a noble thing to do) please research international adoption carefully. Do you want to add another child to your family? How will your other children (if any) react to having a new sister who is not a newborn? Are you ready to parent an older baby, toddler or older child? How will you handle having an inter-ethnic family? Will she be a charity case that you rescued to make your conscience feel good, or will she truly be your daughter and an equal member of your family? Do you have the financial means to pursue adoption? Do you have the financial means to provide any medical care she may need if not covered by your insurance? Do you have the tenacity to see the adoption process to the end? This means several visits to your home by a social worker before and after the adoption, having to have pretty much your entire life history open to scrutiny in order to be approved to adopt, having to navigate a lot of government red tape, and having to pay fees every step of the way.

      Think this over, pray about it, and if you truly feel that you are ready to adopt, then go for it. India is open for adoption. If that is where you feel in your heart that your daughter is, then start the adoption paperwork process now! She is waiting.

      My daughter was living in China. She is now home with us, a full part of our family. It was a 5 year process. India may not take that long, but you have to be prepared for wait times to change.

  12. Nancy Johnson December 8, 2010

    Is it possible to adopt the baby girls from India rather than having parents kill them???

  13. Christy December 6, 2010

    I see that a lot of people are asking about adopting a girl from India. Having just recently completed an international adoption from another country, I can give a little insight. The U.S. State Department had India closed for adoptions for U.S. citizens for awhile. The reason for this was that there was too much child trafficking going on. They could not verify that the children were indeed orphaned or abandoned; many had apparently been kidnapped. But, according to the State Department website, the program has been re-opened, so yes, it is possible to adopt from India. But, given its shaky history, I advise proceeding with caution and be prepared for the possibility that the U.S. could choose to stop the adoption process due to corruption issues before your adoption could be completed.

  14. Corrie December 3, 2010

    We sponsor a 5 year old girl from India. We chose a girl from India because of the stories we’d read about them being given into prostitution at young ages to I guess literally pay for themselves. We are praying and writing to her and desire to encourage her and her parents that in this one child’s case, it may not happen.

    Anytime you can provide helpful information or ways that we can encourage the children or their parents, it’s beneficial. I enjoyed reading this article because it helps me understand the mindset of their culture and why girls are mistreated.

  15. Karen December 3, 2010

    Do these children ever get adopted out to families in the United States? As a family who is unable to have any additional birth children, it would be wonderful to be able to welcome them in this way. My heart goes out to these precious children.

  16. Jenn December 2, 2010

    My baby is a week old – this article just made me cry. It is so difficult to understand how a mother could let this happen to her tiny baby. My next Compassion child will be a girl from India.
    Thanks for the article – as sad as it is knowledge is what changes us, and we can help change the world.

    1. Trina March 5, 2012

      Amen Jenn
      I have sponsoring a girl from India for over 4 years now. I am not sure if you will get this reply. one person at a time obeying God’s direction will change the world.

  17. Colleen November 10, 2010

    I am currently a sponsor to a girl in another country. While I would love to visit her for an upcoming Compassion trip, my husband may be doing video/documentary work in India for about 2 yrs. Does the CSP need/desire any American Volunteers/Advocates or is it solely Natives that may work with the children/families? ( I do not know the language but willing to learn and have a big heart!) Thanks…

  18. Sue White November 9, 2010

    Can these baby girls be adopted??

    1. darrenthornberry November 9, 2010

      Hi Sue, thanks for asking. Compassion doesn’t facilitate adoption, but certainly other organizations exist that will help Americans arrange intercountry adoptions. Your best bet is to go online for info on them. Thanks. – Darren

  19. Jeane November 8, 2010

    Are any of these children able to be adopted? I heard that it is very difficult to adopt from India.

  20. Gayle White October 14, 2010

    Hi Lisa,

    Compassion’s program and the churches Compassion works with are definitely for life. All information and counseling given on these issues is given in light of the value they place on each individual life.

    1. Lisa Ellison October 14, 2010

      Wonderful! Glad to hear this!

  21. Lisa Ellison October 12, 2010

    This article states, “Awareness classes are conducted on various issues, such as family planning, reproduction, child birth, abortion, types of delivery, immunization, communicable diseases and child marriage.”

    I am pro-life, so I need to know what kind of information is given regarding these issues?

    1. Chris Giovagnoni October 22, 2010


      I apologize for not acknowledging your comment and letting you know that I was trying to get some information to help me reply.

      I shared your comment with some people in our International Program Group and they shared the following with me.

      Compassion teaches abstinence as God’s design for unmarried people. We do not, therefore, promote the distribution of condoms to the adolescents we serve. In CSP, mothers are taught about family planning but we do not force it nor do we measure it.

      Compassion strongly believes in the sanctity of life. A core part of our mission is to protect and preserve children’s lives at all stages of development. Therefore, implementing church partners do not condone or facilitate abortions.

      Does this help you?

      1. Andrew December 17, 2010

        Chris, In the course of Compassion’s family planning programs, does Compassion distribute oral contraceptives, or refer women to clinics to receive oral contraceptives? Similarly, does Compassion support the referral of women to clinics for the IUD or the morning-after pill (Plan B)?

        1. Chris Giovagnoni December 17, 2010

          We do not provide money to purchase any form of temporary or permanent birth control, though our church partners may decide to obtain these resources from their governments or other organizations in their communities.

          To clarify my use of the term “family planning,” what we teach to our CSP moms is adequate child spacing. Child spacing permits children to receive enough interaction with their mothers and not be weaned off of breastfeeding too quickly.

          We desire that mothers in our Child Survival Program have at least a two-year gap in between child births. This is to ensure that the child does not go undernourished and that the woman has enough time to recover before a new pregnancy.

          However, we do permit our church partners to teach as they believe. Some of our church partners do teach natural forms of family planning, which includes basic education on human reproduction.

          Our Child Survival Program beneficiaries are not forced nor required to practice family planning methods.

  22. megank October 12, 2010

    When I read of the staff intervening and helping these families, I become overwhelmed. I honestly can’t imagine listening to a mom, dad or grandparent say ‘I don’t mind killing this child.’ And then having the courage & strength to respond in a Christ-like manner versus a condeming reaction that most, like myself, might have because of the shockingness (possibly not a word) of what was said.

    It is truly incredible what the CSP staff does after reading this story.

    Stephen, I can tell that possibly your heart is hurt by what you read, as all of out hearts are broken when we read these stories. But I think walking away from a very serious need is a non productive way of changing what is disturbing. If you read this, I would ask you see the need and not turn away. Try to see how our money can help & without it that which we become nauseous at hearing, will continue.

  23. Gayle October 12, 2010


    Thank you so much for posting this. What a beautiful example of God’s grace. It is wonderful to hear of these miracles and share your joy. God is mighty and is so gracious to let us be a part of that. Thank you also for writing this story and being the hands and feet of Jesus in India.

    We will keep praying for Radhika and her family.

  24. Jayaseelan Enos (FCS) October 12, 2010

    I would like to add this additional information to the story I wrote. It’s a great news for us. In the female infanticide story, there was a story of Radhika who was separated from her husband. All three daughters have lost the love of their father. When PF, I and other staff visited this family we felt that we should pray for them and we interceded the Lord for a miracle with big burden in our hearts and came back. Just two days ago, the project coordinator called me up and said, One day her husband came running to her as she was walking on the road, held her hand, wept before her and asked her to forgive him. He also said, “I don’t know what had happened to me, but I now realized how bad I was to you and children”. He begged his wife, his parents in law to forgive him, hugged all three girl children. And now they are living happily together. Radhika says, It is through prayer this miracle has happened after almost three years.

    1. Trina March 5, 2012

      Thank you Jayaseelan for sharing that wonderful news about Radhika and her family. My husband and I have been sponsoring a girl from India for a little over 4 years. I so much enjoy getting each letter from her. I always write back to her as soon as I receive her letters. I have been blessed to be able to go to India through Compassion on a group tour March 10th for 2 weeks.

  25. Heather October 2, 2010

    My family sponsors a girl in India, for over a year now. She is so sweet and intelligent. I started sponsoring her when she was 17 I think, so I don’t know what her life was like before, but I do know that I am glad to hear of this effort. Being female myself, this hits kind of hard- were I to put myself in their mother’s shoes, I don’t know how I would handle that situation.

  26. Stephen October 1, 2010

    I will NEVER visit India or give them one cent of money for help nor anything . . . How immoral! You will never see a cent of my money . . .
    To kill a baby because it is female… shame to you… and you consider your country spiritual.. WHAT A JOKE!

    1. Chris Giovagnoni October 2, 2010

      I edited (i.e., removed parts of this comment) because I felt those parts were overly malicious.

  27. Sara September 24, 2010

    This horrible infanticide is also happening in China. Across rural China millions of girls are lost each year because of societal pressures to have a son compounded by the One-Child Policy. With an entire generation of girls lost, experts say there will be 40 Million more young men than young women in China by 2020. The One-Child Policy is leading to a gendercide in China that is the worst human rights violation of our time.

  28. Catherine September 16, 2010

    Thank you everyone for your responses. I had to ask because I’ve never heard about this from my girl, and I just don’t want her bottling it all up inside, her feelings of being unloved and insignificant. She always tells me that her parents send me love and that they thank me over and over again for my help, so I can only imagine how much Compassion means to them.

    Thank you, Compassion, for “slowly but surely” changing the world!

  29. Sarah Flood September 16, 2010

    God bless those Compassion workers for going against cultural norms to save baby girls. This article reminded me of the work of Amy Carmichael, who saved many young girls from a lifetime of slavery in Hindu temples. She was accused of stealing and kidnapping, but she wasn’t afraid of that. It makes me feel a special sense of obligation to help these young girls; I wasn’t aware that these practices still went on in India. But now that I know, I feel a sense of urgency to do something about it.

  30. Gayle September 15, 2010

    Daid and Krista,

    I spent some time yesterday talking to some of our Program people about the issues in India particularly around this article. Here are some things to remember:

    Compassion works with people in the lowest castes in India. These people typically don’t know that they have any other options. This is another beautiful thing about CSP. Because Christians who do value girls are in the homes building trust relationally with the mom as well as the whole family many times they do start changing their way of thinking.

    When a mom starts using an income generation skill to help bring more to the table the dad and other men in the community start seeing the value not only for the mom but the potential of th baby girls.

    Also, when the baby girls grow up and enter into the sponsorship program and their family is still very involved in the church then girls do get the opportunity for an education. Regarding the cultural practices it is really up to the involved famlies. Maybe the girls family decides not to marry her off at such a young age and instead lets her get an education.

    There is no way to just go in and radically change a culture like this immediately but it does happen over time. It is happening overime. Baby girls and boys in CSP have the opportunity to go into the sponsorship program which means education.

    Many pastors in CSPs around the world love the program because it does make powerful strides in changing cultures in individual families. This is mainly due to the loving relationships so intentionally built. Once many families in a culture changes their mind then the culture can change. Just remember India is a huge country it does take time but the good news is by God’s grace it is changing!

    Does this help answer the questions?

  31. Krista September 14, 2010

    I second David’s question. I fully support Compassion’s work in saving baby girls from death. I just wonder what happens to the family then? Is this simply putting more burden on them to support the girls? I wish there was some way of changing the cultural practices of making the girl’s family pay for so much. That seems to be the root issue with female infanticide.

  32. Shannon September 13, 2010

    I was also wanting to know if Americans can adopt these unwanted girls…

    1. Chris Giovagoni September 14, 2010


      Gayle is correct. Compassion doesn’t facilitate adoption, but other organizations do exist that help Americans arrange intercountry adoptions. The Internet is your best source for information on them.

  33. Gail September 13, 2010

    My hope is that the impact of CSP will go beyond saving this generation of girls, to educating this generation of Compassion children that EVERY life is valuable so when they have girl babies themselves they treasure every one of them and infanticide is the furtherest thing from their minds 🙂

  34. David September 13, 2010

    So what about the social obligations? Can girls supported by CSP get married without dowryetc.?

    1. Amber VanSchooneveld
      Amber VanSchooneveld September 16, 2010

      Can girls get supported by CSP get married without a dowry—that’s an interesting question, but not one we can answer—No CSP girls from India are that old yet (it’s a relatively new program). Whether or not a girl has a dowry is up to her parents. Some Christian families still give dowries for their girls; others who don’t give dowries give “gifts,” such as jewels, which can still be quite expensive. For dowries to be phased out in India would take a broad culture change. There are a finite number of CSPs with a finite number of beneficiaries. That in and of itself won’t change the expectations of Indian culture. The social obligations that a groom’s family expects of a girl isn’t going to change because of CSP.

    2. Judith Tremblay September 15, 2010

      Or…one option is if sponsors are able, they might send an additional financial gift that–if there are no other more pressing needs–the family might choose to put the money toward a dowry or other financial obligations.

  35. Stephanie Green September 13, 2010

    There are MANY things in this article that are troubling but good to be aware of. Makes me all the more grateful for Compassion’s CSP intervention. Thanks for including the picture of the Mercy CSP staff – what brave and loving individuals they must be! I pray that they will stay strong in helping these familes with little girls.

  36. Gayle September 13, 2010

    Dana, Compassion does not facilitate adoptions. However, I suspect there are some organizations that do. Baby girls are sometimes abandoned by their families and end up in orphanages. I’m not sure which organizations are reputable but I suspect a little research online might bring a good organization up.

  37. Gayle September 13, 2010

    Hi Catherine, Yes, I know it is heartbreaking. I’m the oldest of 3 girls myself and I can’t even imagine what it would have said to me if my youngest sister had not been allowed to live. It’s just so sad.

    However, the churches Compassion works through do not feel this way about girls and they are definitely doing the hard work of changing the minds of those in their communities. God is using this faithful Christians in powerful ways to change hearts. Many families do become Christians after being loved by the church for so long. Many families also learn the value of girls because their children are cared for by the church through Compassion.

    Also, remember this story is from a specific area of India. I don’t think this type of thinking is this strong throughout India.

  38. Jennifer September 13, 2010

    It was a Compassion article similar to this one, (entitled “Discarded Daughters”) that prompted me to request a child from India. Imagine my surprise when I received Suresh – a boy! He has been a joy to sponsor, though.

    Catherine – No, not all Compassion-sponsored children or families are Christian. However, Compassion does require certain “ground rules” and participation from the parents in order for their child to be sponsored. It’s not a “come, get your free food, and leave” type of program.

    In fact, my first letter from my boy (now a young man) said, “I am a good Hindu boy, obeying my mother’s every word.” His father had died, and his mom works in a salt factory. It wasn’t long, however, before Suresh’s letters started arriving with the opening words, “Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” My roommate at the time nicknamed him the Apostle Paul. 🙂 I asked Suresh, and he said that he had become a Christian through Compassion, and that his mother had, too! She now helps out in the center he attends. Suresh would also relate the Bible stories and teach the songs he was learning to his un-sponsored friend, Daniel.

    So, Compassion is definitely doing something (a lot of things!) right. They are fully worth supporting in every way!

  39. Dana Preston September 13, 2010

    Are Americans able to adopt these unwanted little girls?

    1. Lynda Willard November 11, 2010

      This was my initial thought, but perhaps it would be more effective to support them through Compassion…

  40. Catherine September 13, 2010

    That is heartbreaking. I need to know: Do families in the Compassion program still feel this way about female children? Are the families of our Compassion children Christian, too? Or do they send their children off to the Compassion schools and not care about what they learn, and/or ignore the teachings?

    I have a 13 year old girl in India and I pray to God that she doesn’t feel insignificant or unwanted by her parents.

    1. Chris Giovagoni September 14, 2010


      I shared your question with Jayaseelan. He said,

      it’s non-Christian families who practice female infanticide. Many of the families our Child Survival Programs (CSP) serve are from other religious backgrounds. The CSPs work to advocate for girls, teaching that girls are valuable. Through their intervention, the lives of baby girls have been saved. As they grow up, girls don’t always receive the same treatment as boys. If a family can’t afford to send all their children to school, they might choose to keep one or two girls at home.

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