From ‘Unwanted’ to ‘Beautiful and Good’

I originally read this story on the blogs of Scot McKnight and Charles Kiser but I wanted to post the story on my blog as well.  You can read the full story here: Name Changers.

According to the story, Dr. Bhagwan Pawar came up with the idea to help hundreds of girls in the country of India to change their names.  The reason for the name change is that these girls were all named something like “Nakusa” or “Nakushi” which means “unwanted” in the Hindi language.

Because of cultural expectations there is a preference to male children over females, so much so that hospitals are forbidden to reveal the gender of the unborn child in order to prevent abortions based on gender selection.  After a family has had a couple of female children, subsequent baby girls will be given names that mean unwanted.  So these children must grow up with the awareness that they are unwanted people.

As a result, Dr. Pawar and his associates are conducting ceremonies to help these girls named “Unwanted” to change their names like “Vaishali” which means “prosperous, beautiful, and good.”

I wanted to share this with my readers because I think its a wonderful story of justice.  I can’t imagine what it must be like to know I am an unwanted person but I’m thankful for people like Dr. Pawar who are helping to restore the beauty that belongs to these girls as people created in the image of God.

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2 responses to “From ‘Unwanted’ to ‘Beautiful and Good’

  1. Rex, I appreciate this post. To think that parents would name their children “unwanted,” is appalling. It is a good reminder how much darkness is in the world, and why Jesus told his disciples to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
    And I can’t help but praise God for the Christian family from India, in our congregation, who had explicitly dedicated their new baby to the Lord.

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