Women have shown that they are no less than their male counterparts when provided with ample opportunities
Swami Vivekananda has rightly said, “Educate your women first and leave them to themselves then they will tell you what reforms are needed.” Difficulties do arise in the journey of life of a girl child from her birth to adulthood where at every step she faces discrimination, rejection and fear of being a girl. The life of a girl child is not easy and finding herself to be in a society with gender inequalities makes it more difficult.
Behavioural oppression against girls is uncontrolled where they strive to do their bit to change the whole scenario but often find it difficult. We should be part that world where birth of a girl child is celebrated not regretted, where they are being treated with equal love, respect and opportunities and in no case inferior than boys.
Every girl must have faced this issue once in their lifetime where she is thought of not being equally compatible and not matching the pace of education or attitude as men have. As a matter of concern, I don’t need gender equality in physical means but cerebral equality between men and women.
Such attitude needs to be changed in present society as there is no field left which is not taken over by a female and not only taken but gracefully handled by her also, she needs to be treated at par with boys as she has the right to survive, develop, be protected and participate in decisions that impact her life.
Girl child is being subjected as a social evil and right from her birth (if prenatal sex testing is done), she is being rejected and often girl child foeticide is performed without thinking what impact these educated illiterate are leaving behind.
Passing this (if somehow she manages to survive) and foster new path than yet again she is forced to marry at a very young age or perform child labour. My question is, why not to train her to be a stronger woman where she can lead a beautiful life with much strength and dignity rather than training her from her childhood for a life of a wife, mother and daughter-in-law.
It was considered pointless exercise to educate a woman and useless for a woman to earn. In these tough times, girl child often finds herself at the short end of the stick where she is being subjected to pass a litmus test before anything else to prove her patience.
In India, education system, including Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE), every child in the age group of 6-14 years has a fundamental right to education. Despite this, there are more than 60 lakh children out of school in India. In order to make sure that girl child get access to quality education, we need to tackle the mindset that makes it fine for young children to be employed.
Crimes against women is rampant all over the world including shaming and blaming a woman for no reason. Many schemes have been launched by the government across the globe to stop such crimes against girl children that encourages today parents to give birth to their daughters without jeopardizing them about the expenses they have to face after their birth.
Some of schemes include: Beti Bachao Beto Padhao programme that aims to provide survival, safety and education to a girl child; Ladli Laxmi Yojana and Balika Samriddhi Yojana Schemes that aim against female foeticide and female education: Samriddhi Yojana, enabling parents to meet the expenses of a girl child’s education or marriage; and Ayusmati Yojana for medical care and many more.
Give her the right shoes and she will prove her mettle. Be it in politics like Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the field of judiciary like Justice Geeta Mittal, exploring the space like KalpanaChawla, the field of sports like Saina Nehwal.
Women time and again have shown that they are no less than their male counterparts when provided with ample opportunities. However, ground reality needs a reality check where today’s girl child must be provided with all the rights for being a wife, mother, a guardian by tomorrow for sound nursing and capable upbringing.
Author is working as a Veterinary Assistant Surgeon, Government of Jammu and Kashmir