When I read about the 285 precious Indian girls who recently changed their given name from ‘unwanted’, my heart was stirred by their simple act of rebellion against the rejection of their family and their culture.
As Grazia Magazine (www.grazia.com.au) reported in last week’s edition, a heartbreaking tradition is marking girls as unwanted to everyone they will ever meet. Many Indian baby girls are named Nakusa or Nakushi, meaning ‘unwanted’ in Hindi.
The article goes on to explain that according to medical journal The Lancet, half a million baby girls are aborted in India every year because parents were hoping for boys instead. Continue reading