Excerpt from The Dawn of Light: A Story of the Zenana Mission
The very few who were sent to school were taken away at the time of marriage, before any permanent result could be looked for. Nor were adults more accessible. If they ventured to draw near the out skirts of a crowd of men who were listening to a missionary, they might be told contemptuously that, being only women, that which appealed to the mind and intellect was not for them; whilst respectable ladies, shut up in their zenanas, could neither be reached by the living voice of instruction nor read the books which occasionally penetrated into their dwellings. One half the population of all India was thus practically beyond our reach.
Happily, all this is now beginning to change, and it is alike important and instructive to trace the causes of a movement which, though limited at pres ent to a few localities, is certain finally to revolution ize the entire structure of Hindoo society.
Around Calcutta the greatest indications of this change are observable; a statement, therefore, of what is occurring there will illustrate what is going on in a less degree in many other places.
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