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National Girl Child Day, Women shared Feeling of being Unwanted

National Girl Child Day:  How it feels when they say, Kash iski jagah ek beta Ho jata?


Highlights:

  • Significance of National Girl Child Day 
  • Objectives of National Girl Child Day
  • A feeling of being UNWANTED

National Girl Child Day is celebrated in India on 24 January every year. A girl child is often stunted with paramount inequalities, patriarchal description, or in some cases the conscious efforts to raise awareness on these issues. This is the main motivation behind the National Girl Child Day celebrations in India. Started by the government of India & the ministry of women and child development in 2008, celebrations are focused on raising awareness on the problems that the girl child continues to face, from female foeticide to child marriages and more.

Significance of National Girl Child Day 

Inequalities faced by the girl child in India are infamous, and its implications continue to torment millions of lives. In addition to threatening issues like female foeticide and child marriages, girls also face inequalities in education, jobs, and more.

Many women in the country feel that they are not met with the same options or opportunities that boys get and this celebration aims at bridging this gap.

Objectives of National Girl Child Day

The national girl child day celebration focuses on three main objectives. To raise awareness on the rights of the girl-child

To bring to the podium the various atrocities and inequalities that girl children fight day in and day out

To promote and increase the importance given to health, education, and well-being for girls.

This day is marked by organizing different awareness campaigns on saving the girl child, their rights, nutrition, health, and other issues. The government has also taken other measures like banning the use of ultrasound for discrimination and making child marriages illegal.

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As per the 2011 census, the literacy rate for females is 65.46% as against 82.14% of males.

A feeling of being UNWANTED

In today’s scenario may be having a girl child may not be a big deal. A Quora user shared her story, how it feels to be an unwanted girl child.

I was born after 4 girls!

Parveer Sandhu, a resident of Haryana, says that she holds a position of number 5 among 6 siblings and those too all daughters. “My father is a farmer and mother a housewife. My family believed that only a son can take responsibility for farms and take our generation forward. So, they desperately wanted a boy child. Children after children, they tried to get a boy child and even consulted a Baba. But no tactics worked out. However, I am very blessed to have a wonderful family. My parents gave us proper education and the freedom to pursue our dreams. We are blessed to have awesome parents on this planet. They have fulfilled our wishes and now we are fulfilling their wishes. It’s a great feeling”, said Sandhu.

I always felt unwanted!

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At an event of a magazine cover launch, Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut shared her memories of childhood. Walking through the memory lane she said, “My parents had a child before Rangoli (Kangana’s elder sister). It was a boy, but unfortunately, he could not manage to survive even 10 days and died. Everyone calls him Hero and my parents could never recover from his loss. After him, Rangoli was born. She was celebrated in the family. And when I was born especially my mother could not come to the accept fact that it is a girl again. I always felt left out and less wanted. In addition, our relatives did not miss a single chance to remind me this”.

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Kash ek ladka or ho jata…!

Janvi (name changed) told, “My aunt is a Delhi-based woman and has 2 daughters. Both are in school, getting good education and comfort. However, there is a deep desire in her of getting a son. I remember my Dadi(grandmother) got feverish when she learned that her daughter has given birth to a second girl child. Sometimes, she even curses her to die (in a joking way). Many times, I had overheard their conversation where my Dadi keep saying, “Bete ka Sukh to Kabhi kudiya (daughters) nhi de Sakti. Ek ladka bss or Ho Jata, lekin Bhagwan sab Kuch to nhi deta na”.

Last year, we had celebrated the sex ratio in the country that came in favor of girls. However, many laws have restricted female feticide but at the cost of individual desire. A girl child may be allowed to take birth and the acceptance from family, society, and with your own self, takes a very long time.

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Ayushi Mittal

In her journey to become a journalist, Ayushi can inculcate your tale through her news writings. You may find her with a mike in protests, rallies, or in museums. So what's your story?
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