News paper now a days are quite loaded, there are volcanic ashes coming from Iceland, flight chaos all over the world, increasing carbon or water foot print, IPL cricket and related controversies and so many other things.
Normally it takes me 10 minutes to get a glance on these news and then it takes 10 more minutes for these news to get out of my head. But today a very short piece in only one Indian news channel (I searched in others and could not find any coverage on the topic) kept me stunned and angry for the whole day.
"As many as 14 foetuses were found dumped inside a garbage bin near Lalbahadur Shastri Stadium in Bapunagar area here today, police said. The incident came to light when some of the locals found the foetuses lying in the garbage bin near the stadium on Monday morning. There were 14 foetuses in the garbage bin. All the foetuses have been sent to civil hospital for postmortem. The sex of the foetuses would be determined after the postmortem and a case has been registered in this regard. One of the locals, who informed the police about the incident, said these foetuses could have been dumped by private nursing homes in the area which indulge in sex determination tests."
No prizes in guessing that they were all female foetuses , because in India a male child is treated as a god although there are many powerful hindu goddesses who are worshipped in different seasons with great respect. But a girl child (lots of burden you know, safe upbringing, dowry, Indian parents loose lots of money in a girl's marriage, girls are raised for other's families they don't bring earning back home when they grow up) is not that welcome in several Indian families till now.
Whenever I am asked during my stay in Europe whether in India they still perform the ritual of 'Sati' I get agitated, I try to explain that this was done in earlier times as India was a land of constant invasion from foreign emperors and the safety of women used to be a big question for weak locals.
Whenever I am told (with a tone of sarcasm) by several so called intellectual old as well as young (not only men but women too!) people of India that no matter how much women try they are and will remain a second class citizen in India or by that matter in the whole world. I argue, fight and keep explaining that a women may be physically weak (I don't know whether can bear those birth pains in spite of being physically strong) and socially inhibited but mentally and emotionally she is equal. I debate that the position she gets in developing or poor world is because of her lack of proper education. And in a developed world in spite of being highly educated and competent professionals many of them chooses to go out of the race for earning money and being professional to rear her young family or care for her elderly parents. I truly believe that "the hands which rocks the cradle rules the world".
But all my arguments and belief comes to an end when I read a news like this.
I feel very fragile and accept that yes, this is a truth that a girl child, a woman of tomorrow is a burden in many families still today even in very fast developing countries like India.
It is a burning truth but it is not right and in spite of feeling very fragile and powerless I will keep arguing against this discrimination, no not only because I am a woman myself but because I am mother of a child who will be an Indian woman tomorrow.