Without Comment: Are we ensuring rights and respect to girls?

by R K Garg
Chandigarh, October 11, 2020: Today we are observing a very important day and we should not let it go as a ritual.
Let us discuss the whole aspect of the life of a girl child.
It is not only about safety, security – it is for their respect, desire, power to express their ideas freely and being treated equally.
Discrimination against girls has been going on since long.
Several privileges are given to boys but girls are restricted in many cases.
Of course, in the last few years the slogan of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao has echoed all over India.
But has this got a better place for girls ?
Yes, as far as most parents are concerned.
Till they remain with parents, they are fine but once they are married some do not get the same reception.
Here the slogan of Beti Bachao etc fails miserably and we, the members of society, are witness to that.
When the daughter of any parent suffers, it is a setback to the whole society.
Until we change the thinking of society we cannot ensure a better life for our girl child.
We need to ensure true women empowerment.
We need to increase their confidence level to ensure tthat their voice is heard.
Otherwise, all talk will remain on paper to celebrate such occasions on social media only.
As such we not only need Beti Bachao Beti Padhao but Beti Padhao Fir Bachao to ensure safety, security and respect in their married life.
Atrocities against girls is a worrisome aspect, even though there are many laws to deal with such crimes.
However, a large number of cases are not reported – not because the crime was mild – but because parents are afraid of the system which includes police and other authorities.
It is a fact that in almost 40 % cases of rape of girl child, the POSCO Act is not invoked but the case is booked under IPC, which makes it a weak case.
Not to talk of courts, where even if the case is filed , it is not decided for years.
See the plight of girl or a parent who suffers.
Our system is like that.
No doubt there are laws, police and courts and after every case of gang rape or bigger atrocity against girls … a new law is enacted, new directions issued and a new hope of a better life for girls is recorded, but still we are far away from ensuring a better life for our girl child.
Let us hope that every girl will eventually get justice – perhaps with miracle of God.
(The views expressed are personal of the author. If you wish to express your opinion, contact R K Garg at rtichd27@gmail.com)

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