Though still in the womb, I am already distraught with the happenings in the surroundings. The filthy crimes and atrocities against the girl-child and women are a proof that NOTHING has changed from the days of evolution.
Women are ill treated in every walk of life, in every part of the world, unbelievably rampant in India.
Be it a minor or an old lady of 80, any ‘female’ from a ‘few days old’ to ‘few days to live’ is susceptible to molestation, rape, sale, physical abuse and murder. Being mentally challenged, being chronically ill, being blind or being disabled does not safeguard you from any such evils. If some one claims to be your lover and you do not reciprocate, acid might be splashed on you or you could be ‘murdered in public view’.
Then there are the wife beating; dowry burning; naked parading; molesting by teachers; molesting by ‘uncles’ and grand fathers; sexual harassment at work place, acid attacks; couch casting, lewd remarks, cheap and vulgar gestures, stalking; marital rape and so many other things. Latest are the cyber crimes. ‘MMS’ the mod league. When police personnel can rape minors, who can feel safe?
The abuses against females of all ages are varied. Some times trivial sounding ones also impact the morals. One day 12 yr old Niti came home demoralized from school. She was hurt that the sports teacher does not allow girls to play basket ball. “He rather ensures that boys practice and win the tournaments. He thinks these are boy’s games…” Even karate is only for boys.
Sneha always complains that her science teacher Mr. Surya Prakash encourages only boys for debates, projects, outdoor assignments and competitions. “He openly says taking girls to other schools is a big ‘lafda’ and far too big a responsibility. The parents of girl students refuse to send girls to other cities so why get into the hassle and give them a chance at all…”
Radhika’s father Mr. Raghav candidly says, “I can’t trust any one where my daughter is concerned and I can’t take leave to accompany her every time, so I do not let her participate in any of the talent shows. She is a qualified good singer, and my heart breaks that I am hindering her progress, but then the world is not safe…”
Anjali was a very good cadet and had become the Sargent Major of her NCC girl’s battalion. Her father did not allow her to go to Delhi for RD parade. Anjali’s brother had participated in the RD parade earlier. Anjali’s being a girl was her biggest crime.
Vidula gets paranoid when her daughter gets late even by a few minutes. “I bought her a mobile just so that I can reach her where ever she is. It doesn’t reduce my worry much, but at least I can be in touch” it was not so with Ravi her son.
Why go further- I heard my grandmother praying often that “God let it be a boy…and I will offer you…” though she herself is a woman. “… In fact, because I myself am a woman that is why… ”, she was once telling mother, “I don’t want you to bring a girl in the big bad world… and keep worrying till death of either…”
Being born in any ‘strata’ of life doesn’t safe guard the girl-a female is a female-a utility item, a problem attracter in this world. If she ‘plays up’/ cooperates it is SEX, if she ‘protests’ it is RAPE.
AND SO, I would rather NOT be born; and save my parents from a life full of tension and prayers; of apprehensions and reservations. And I would rather not go through the battery of Dos and Don’ts. I would rather not be a puppet in the men’s world.
For me my mother is already afraid. That makes me intimidated.
Like me all the girl children should REFUSE TO BE BORN, sit back and watch the Gay world that results. So I earnestly beg- SAVE ME NOT, I AM A GIRL CHILD.