Shackled Freedom :( 113

The title is dedicated to all the women who despite being self-dependent are trapped in the chains of limitations and boundations.

Being a woman is not easy especially in a country where she is worshiped and humiliated at the same time. We have been accustomed to follow age-old traditions where the protocol of a woman’s life is defined before her birth. She has to be within the premises, speak less and low, shouldn’t laugh out loud as this is not how a decent woman should behave in the society.

What brings me to write this is the series of events against women that has left many of us aghast. With so many people preaching a lot about women empowerment, enabling her to come forward and make a mark in the society; we have incidents that clearly shows that being born in the female anatomy brings in a lot of challenges where the biggest fight is survival in the day to day life.

I don’t deny that women have come a long way from where they were a few years back but the irony is that the path has given her many nomenclatures, selfish, self-centered, uncultured, not a family person etc.  I want to question the people is it wrong to live freely, do what you want to do and live the life you want? We talk about equality in rights and position in a condition where a girl child is not even allowed to take birth.

We say that we are living in modern India, but the unfortunate truth is that India itself is living a dual life; one India that we see on television and metro and one India where people are fighting a battle to live and survive and amidst all this lies the life of a woman which is the same in both the worlds.

No matter how much we talk about the equality, rights etc.  all of this is fake until it is backed by educating every section of the society. What is required here is a reform and education to reach each section of society.

Empowering women is not only about educating them but it’s about giving them equal rights and freedom to live the life she wants to.

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Don’t end my life before it begins,please let me come to life – your daughter. 766

Since the ancient time, women in the Indian society are considered as a curse for their family and society. Due to these reasons, female foeticide has been in practice for many years in the India from the time of technological advancement. How ethical is the removal of a healthy female fetus from the mother’s uterus just because the unborn child is female? Parents and society consider a girl child burden over them and understand that girls are consumers whereas boys are producers. There are lots of myths in the Indian society about girls from the ancient time that girls always take and boys always give.

This daughter’s day here is my little effort to shake those parents’ emotions in a form of a poem, for a daughter by a daughter-

Dear Maa,

This is me, your own flesh and blood calling you from within,

I know I still have time to come and see the things,

Give me a chance to survive as the world is already planning a sin.

I know the world is tough for girls,

And there are sins which have come to the brim,

But, with your support, I will survive.

Trust me, I will not be a burden and definitely not a liability,

Let me come to this world and become a part of your life.

I won’t ask for a special room, nor a special treatment,

Just the space in your heart will bring me contentment.

I won’t fight with my brother for gifts,

You can give him all, but, just give me life and a chance to survive.

I am still in your womb and can sense the terror of another case of female infanticide.

They may tell you that boys are strong and supportive,

Boys may be torchbearer of strength but, they are fragile.

I know Maa, the strength of a woman is unmatched,

And you will have the courage to change the things from scratch.

Give me a chance to survive and give me the gift of life.

 

Let there be no other Pradyuman! 2104

 

Dear All,

This is an open letter to whomsoever it may concern, I am really shaken by the death of Pradyuman and series of events that have surfaced in different schools victimising little kids.

I am a mother of a 2-year-old child and the day I saw the news about the cold-blooded murder of a 7-year-old Pradyumn, I was left dumbstruck. Well, I never doubted the fact that human is the most dangerous animal but the way this little boy was murdered is…..no word can describe it.

I don’t know if there was something wrong with schools or there is something seriously wrong with the school management. But, another point that I would like to raise here is about the playschools.

I think most of the parents nowadays send their kids to playschool. It’s a place where children learn the basics of life and get geared up to enter the real world of schooling. But, have you noticed that there are so many playschools have mushroomed in every nook and corner of the city.

I just want to know how many such schools are affiliated or is there any system in place which assures that these playschools follow a set pattern. It might not concern a few but to many of us, it is a point of worry. Knowing the fact that our little ones are very small, they can barely speak clearly, they are too naïve to understand the ill-intentions and malicious thoughts; under such circumstances, there is a dire need to have a system in place which sets the certain protocol for opening playschools.

Even if there are parameters that need to be met to open playschool, it’s important to check for those schools which are running in a room or in a small area where no amenities are present.

What can we do as parents?

I agree to the fact that schools are the second home for a child but, taking into account the recent precedence, it is the time that we as parents take up the charge and become proactive.

If you are planning to enroll your child or have already enrolled then you must have these pointers on your radar-

  • You must know about the playschool and its staff.
  • Try to stay personally connected with the staff members and other staff of the school
  • Enquire about the verification procedure of the staff members
  • The schools should have enquired complete details about each member of the staff, starting from the teachers to the watchman
  • Enquire about the first aid facility available in the school
  • Make sure that you drop your child to his/her class
  • You should do a surprise check in the school
  • Don’t forget to meet your ward’s teacher regularly
  • And the most important thing, you should observe the behavior of your child. It’s very important that you must check if your child is happy to go to school and at the same time he/she is happy while coming back.

These are a few suggestions from my end, you can obviously leave your opinions and feedback on the same. Let’s promise to ensure the safety of our children and their childhood.