We Indians refer to the following to women ....
Rivers named after women,
Education provider called as Saraswathi
Riches provider as Lakshmi,
Land as - Poomi Thai or Annai Boomi
Last but not least - Country as Mother India
And we attribute our whole life to our mothers, celebrate sisterhood ( siblings or otherwise) in a traditional manner as Raksha Bandhan and it goes on and on.
While we are practicing the above we are not putting our eyes adequately of the growing trend of killing or abandoning the girl child.
We are talking about growth in all fields, India becoming a force of reckoning in all areas, India Shining and sooner or later India will become the most popular economy and country in the whole world, the irony is that we still are gender biased when it comes to new born.
The sad thing is that we use the development in technology to find most innovative ways to eliminate the girl child. I have seen newly married people talking to Doctors and asking what they should do to get a male child. I've heard that some ill-informed Male boast that a male child is symbol of their strength and fighting qualities....what a sad ignorance.
Though I don't want to share any disturbing statistics ...pl read the following
"United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) says that an Indian girl child aged 1-5 years is 75 percent more likely to die than an Indian boy child, making it the worst gender differential in child mortality for any country in the world." This sentence appeared in an article titled as - India most dangerous place in the world for female child. More than 5,00,000 girl children are killed in India every year before the step into this world. If this is so imagine what happens to the so called unfortunate ones who are born.
Still most people feel that a girl s child is a liability and not an asset. Let me share my personal experience. When I gave birth to my second daughter, out of sheer stupidity I started feeling sad that I could not get a boy child which I wanted. I kept this sorrow within myself and my blood pressure short up considerably from the first day of my delivery.
Seeing my sufferings my MIL sat next to me and discussed what could be the reason for my BP going erratic. I shared my feelings with her and she spent quality time with me explaining that there is no difference and you have got two goddesses with you for the rest of your life. The same was shared to my husband and he said that the child is ours and irrespective of their gender they will add good value and color to our life. This cleared my worries and to my surprise my BP became stable the very next day.
Let us look at all the successful women we have come across and make ourselves clear that there is no difference between male and female child.
Through this thread I request all our friends to share their views on this subject and about the most successful women we know....
As women we need to take a huge step in spreading the above.....let us start now...