India's 'untouchables' being lifted up

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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orphan girls in IndiaIn India, a bishop is fighting hard for a people group that has been treated over the centuries like second-class citizens. 

Archbishop Joseph D'Souza has been on a mission to counter what he says is the world's greatest and most neglected human rights crisis. 

Dr. D'Souza is the founder and president of the Dignity Freedom Network (DFN), an organization that is dedicated to serving and advocating for the Dalits.

"For nearly 2,000 years, they have been treated less than human," the archbishop informed.

Dalits are the lowest group in the Hindu social system – as they constitute a class of people who are considered outcasts and untouchables throughout India.

“They have been socially, physically and spiritually ostracized, discriminated against, violated," D’Souza explained

D'Souza also told OneNewsNow why it is so important to intervene for India's Dalits.

"This is the biblical thing to do, this is a God thing to do, and this is a Jesus thing to do,” the Christian leader asserted. “Dignity is God-given to every human being."

The advocate for the Dalits has been meeting with church and political leaders from countries around the world to create awareness. 

D’Souza went on to share that his organization has been working to empower Dalits through different educational programs.

"And that then sends a signal to the rest of society that these are not second-class citizens – they're not animals," he stressed.

D’Souza argued that given the opportunity, Dalits can excel in society.

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