Published on July 1st, 2005
(The following story is a true story. The names of the people in the story are not their real names. Three Indian children about their age are shown in the photo.)
Grace, age 10, and Jay, age 7, are a brother and sister in a very large city in India. Their father, Thomas, is a Christian pastor.
Grace and Jay’s family are “Dalits.” In the past, Dalits were called “untouchables.” Untouchables are the lowest class of people in India’s Hindu caste system. The caste system ranks families into social classes. Today the caste system is illegal, but Dalits still often suffer from poor treatment by Hindus in higher castes. A Christian in India said, “Christians have no caste; we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.”