Young Girls in India at Risk of Being Dedicated as ‘Devadasis’

Photo Credit: Mission India

India (Mission Network News) Sumani, a 16-year-old girl in India, is being pressured by her mother to become a devadasi—essentially a religious prostitute who is dedicated in “marriage” to a Hindu deity. Once dedicated, devadasis are not allowed to marry any man and are taken advantage of in the temples.

Sumani participates in a Children’s Bible Club through Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Mission India, and the ministry is asking believers to pray for her.

Unfortunately, Sumani’s situation isn’t uncommon for young girls in more rural or impoverished areas in India. Erik Morsehead with Mission India says, “There’s an estimated 50,000 [devadasis] in South India alone.”

Continue reading this story >>

Become a Christian News Network Supporter...

Dear Reader, has been of benefit and a blessing to you? For many years now, the Lord has seen fit to use this small news outlet as a strong influential resource in keeping Christians informed on current events from a Biblical worldview. Despite Facebook's recent algorithm changes, which has limited our readership, and, as a result, has affected operational revenue, we continue to strive to bring you the news without compromise and to keep Christ in focus. If you have benefited from our news coverage, would you please prayerfully consider becoming a Christian News supporter by clicking here to make a one-time or monthly donation to help keep the truth widely and freely published and distributed? May Christ continue to be exalted through this work!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Pagans doing pagan things as always. What is grievous the most is that the rich powerful secular nations, a former Christendom, see this kind of crimes against humanity as a mere culture and do nothing about it and rather promote the heinous evil by sending out the perv tourists into the area. Secularism sees human sufferings as a fate or even an amusement. They promote sharia law in their own previously-christian land for the same reason. Only the Christian missionaries do care about the plight of suffering humans. There is no human rights or freedom apart from Christianity.
    May the Lord God bring His judgment upon the world.