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Raju ran away from home when he was five years old unable to standhis fathers abuse He started his street life by cleaning trainsbegging and collecting old water bottles One day the police took Rajuto a detention home known by the street children as little jail Hewas trapped there for four years being beaten abused and starved Whenhe escaped back to the streets Raju was filled with anger and becameinvolved with drugs This was his life on the streets of India until afoster home came in showed him Gods love and transformed His lifeNow at twenty years old he is in college to become a nurse and has abright future ahead In Christianity it is believed that all human beings are of equalvalue created in the image of God Genesis 127 In India howeverthere is quite a different perspective on the value of human beingsAccording to Hindu myth ever since the beginning of creation societywas divided into four separate classes each with different inherentqualities such as skin color personality or occupation These ideasin addition to the invading Aryan people group led the Indian people tocreate different levels of importance within society known as the castesystem Burnett 71 In Hinduism it is believed that By good or bad actions everyindividual attains a superior or inferior caste and status in lifeBurnett 76 These ideas created a large gap between those who wererich and those who were poor and how much value certain people weregiven Deep Roots of Indias Caste System What started as a religiousdivision between the Indian people is now one based on economic statusA recent economic boom in India led to a rapid growth inindustrialization urbanization and population growth with theunfortunate consequence of the poor becoming even more impoverishedAgarwal 44Many of the poor who moved to the cities looking for employment foundjobs but not homes The development of slum communities began to springup everywhere with no access for basic human needs to be met
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