Baby Afreen lost her life when barely three-month-old after being brutally tortured by her father. The reason: She was not a boy. She fought for her life for five days on a life support system and finally died of a cardiac arrest. To learn that sexual discrimination exists even in the 21st century is simply shocking!
Baby Falak and baby Afreen are just two cases that have been brought to the public eye. What about other baby girls who are killed even before they are born? What about girls who are allowed to live but lead a life worse than death? What about girls who are forced to kill themselves just because they cannot handle the torture anymore or because of sexual harassment? What about women who are murdered by their husbands or in-laws just because they were not given enough dowry?
When is all this going to end? When will women get their due respect and the rights they deserve and live a free life? Why are girls still considered a bane, when they have time and again proved to be equal to men in all areas of life such as education, sports, family support, an inspiration to others, politics, etc.? Numerous questions; all unanswered!
It’s time to wake up and stand up for our rights. Let’s hope that when we call this Nation “Incredible India,” we can really mean it!
ZAINAB ALI KHAN, XI, St. John’s English School and Junior College
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