Those eyes full of verity, those tender hands, that caring nature, that ingenuous smile, a pure heart, the variety of unique roles played, scores of emotions and the entire suppleness of the universe can be found in one soul taken the existence of a “GIRL”. Essaying various roles in different stages of her life, right from her birth till the end, she is the one who infuses life in the family she is part of. Born as the daughter, if she becomes the strength of her parents, as a sibling she is a supportive best friend. Then exchanging the wedding vows and walking a few nervous steps to join a bunch of little know or rather unknown persons with whom she has to live the rest of her life. But the nervousness dissipates and gives way confidence with time. Then she enters the most cherished and invaluable phase of her life, when her womanhood culminates in the motherhood. Ultimately, donning the patron’s mantle for the family at the fag end of her life, she bids adieu to the world she created and nurtured through out handing over the baton to the GenX.

Ironically, considered to be the most tolerant, affectionate and affable creation of God, she has to struggle throughout her life to get her rightful place in this world. I seriously don’t appreciate the fact that giving birth to a girl child is still a bane in our society and a burden on the family. A girl child is never welcomed as a boy, in many a cases, she is trampled unborn, even before seeing the world around. Even otherwise also, she has to bear people’s disrespect and awful behavior through out her life .

Female foeticide may be a blot, a stigma on the so-called evolved and advance society, but this torture is going on unabated in different parts of our country where women are supposed to be as revered as the Goddess. There is a small example of a commonwealth game gold medalist Geeta Phogat who belongs to a small village in Haryana named Balali which is now famous for these wrestling sisters. Now a world class wrestler, Geeta too had to have her share of hardships since childhood owing to the backward thinking of the elders of her village where the girl-boy ratio is approximately 800:1000. She has proved that girls don’t lag behind the boys in any discipline of life. She brought laurels to her village and the country at large, apart from making her father and coach Mahavir Phogat proud. Mahavir is now a celebrity and a biopic –Dangal– on him, in which Aamir Khan is playing Mahahvir Phogat, is already underway.

Another glaring example of atrocity and crime against women is that of Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist and the youngest Nobel laureate. Yousufzai is continuously fighting for the education rights for girls. She lives in Mingora, Pakistan where her father Ziauddin Yousafzai has opened many schools for girls. Malala too loved and shared her father’s passion for learning. However, Taliban, who use to reign terror in that part of the world, are totally against girl education as they find it against the Islamic law and Shariyat. As a result many schools opened for girls fell prey to their terror ops and attacks. Malala and her father continued their crusade against Taliban who targeted Malala. She was shot at with a single bullet piercing her head, neck and shoulder but she survived and was brought back to life in London. Despite all the obstacles, Malala did not leave her struggle and was acknowledged world over for her fight for the cause. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

Mary Kom, a gold medalist boxing champion of India is another such example. Even she had to go against the will of her father, family and society to fulfil her dream of becoming an ace boxer. Similarly, the inspiring stories of Neerja Bhanot, Mother Teresa, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, Helen Keller, Kalpana Chawala, Indira Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto, are there to guide us. Name the profession and women have proved their prowess.

So these example show us the path of success and glory earned through firm determination steel will. Not only the society but the girls also need to come forward and prove that they are the boon not the bane for the family, society and nation at large.

                                                                                                                       —- Srishti Srivastava

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