Birth of a child is the moment of celebration for everyone in a family. The mother who bears the baby in her womb for nine months experiences bliss during her entire pregnancy in the form of the delicate moments of the baby inside. She feels so happy that she is the reason for the sustenance of another life. She feels complete after the delivery of the baby. Her husband too feels happy all along with a macho feeling of having been able to prove his manhood.
All of a sudden things go haywire when everyone gets to know it’s a girl. The moments of happiness are engulfed by scornful remarks. That too the first person to react is the mother-in-law. It has been a puzzle for ages that how a woman can be the enemy of another woman in this pretext. The mother-in-law says it’s a shame to have baby girl as the family name would be at stake. The clan which has been extending from ages will lose its lineage. How could a girl ever protect the integrity of a family? The mother-in-law who herself was a Janani-someone who gives birth all of a sudden changes into a crucifier.
India has developed technologically but still in many states thoughts and attitudes are backward and conventional. Female infanticide, dowry deaths, molestation and polygamy still tear a woman’s soul to shreds. They don’t have ample freedom to spread out their wings to reach out for the sky. It’s really a sad state of affairs to reveal the fact that India which has witnessed the sacrifice of Rani Lakshmi Bai, Rani Padmini and Kannagi on one hand gives room to ill treatment of women. How can we end the torments given to women like in the case of Phoolan Devi, Nirbhaya and many other such women? They were denied of the basic respect one human being deserves. Why are we degrading the richness of our culture by being brutal to our women? Ours is a land where a woman is worshipped and that’s why even the Gods rejoice in living here.
YATRA NARYASTHU PUJYANTHE, RAMANTHE TATHRA DEVTHA.
We are all aware of the fact that many people from foreign counties have patronised our culture because of its warmth and richness. Then why not we, the native dwellers cherish the heritage? When a girl child is born, the baby seems to be letting out a cry, “Let me live, you gave me life why do you want to take it away.” It’s time we become sensitive to their cries. Let us be supportive and pave way for more exemplaries like Kiran Bedi, Priyanka Chopra, Saina Nehawal, Shobha De etc.
LET’S CELEBRATE WOMANHOOD.
by Sujatha Sairam, Chennai