Case study of protecting the girl child in India
At least in India, the girl child has been a topic of discussions and debates for the past several decades but, even today, the position appears to remain unchanged. The girl was always an unwanted child, and was found killed at birth. With the advancement of Science and Technology this killing has only gone still further — for now the girl child in India is being killed even before birth.
The present scenario in which the girl child is mercilessly killed even before birth, does not speak too well about the fate of this species. The scenario is so varied that, it is really difficult to understand what we are really doing or trying to do in this regard.
On the other hand we see girls entering in the fields of all kinds of professions holding senior positions in offices, becoming engineers, doctors, managers etc. We are obviously impressed and are likely to believe that, the position of the girl is now after all not too bad.
However, the complexity of the problem becomes malicious when we see that, together with girls entering professions there is a simultaneous and continuous rise in the graph of crimes against women. This situation is true of the urban area where education and freedom is given to girls — to a great extent, but even this growth of this class does not really bear any testimony to the equality of girls with boys.
The rural areas consisting of the major chunk of the Indian population see no — yes absolutely no change in the general attitude towards girls. In the villages, girls are not sent to schools and, if at all they are, they drop out after a year or two of schooling.
The myth still remains that education is useless for girls — they have to concentrate on house work, child bearing and child bringing up all through life — and all this, it is believed needs no education. The village people are hard to convince that education of women is as important if not more important than the education of men.
The girl child in India has no say in anything in the home, not even things of her own concern — she is, even to-day in the 21st Century treated as an object to be used as a toy instead of an individual human being with all the ingredients of human beings — like her counterparts — the boy.
She, even today remains to have the status of an object to be used or dispensed with at the whims and fancies of her male family members. With this psyche of the average Indian adult.
It is very clear that, the men who have held the fort single handedly for centuries, would obviously not like to give up their importance, or even share it with women. It is they who resent this rise of the heads of women and so, before women rise to unchallengeable heights the ogre of man wants to crush them.
This he does by using his God gifted physical strength and it is this reason that, crimes against women are now on the rise. The woman who was earlier battered because she was considered a lesser being is now being battered, because she is potential challenge to man’s unquestioned supremacy through past several centuries.
Yuraj Zublin in this article opens up on how the girl child in India has been under great maltreatment because as a girl child, the society considers her as not being useful.