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Flowers for Maa, thorns to girl child?

india Updated: Sep 30, 2006 00:32 IST

THE FIRST day of her life was not spent in a satin pink crib, but in a thorny green bush. She has no name. No parents to call her own….
She is just an abandoned girl child. Left to the dogs just a day before a girl is worshipped Kumari during Durga Puja. Mother worship continues and so does the bias against girl children….

On Friday morning, another one-day-old girl, with body still stained in fresh delivery blood, was brought to the Rajkiya Shishu Grah. The girl was recovered from roadside in Viraj Khand, Gomti Nagar by the police on Thursday midnight.

It is the sixth incident during last two months wherein a girl child was abandoned. The reason is but obvious: Their parents don’t want a female ‘burden’ on the household!

This is for the third time in as many years that a girl child has been found abandoned in the city during Navratras. The police, on their part, had taken the two other girls to the Rajkiya Shishu Grah from where the girls—christened Durga and Shailaja by the adoption home—were given out for adoption.

On the one hand, we worship Goddess Durga and on the other, we are still not ready to accept the girl child?

The infant found on Thursday has been christened Katyayani—as she has been found on the seventh day of the Navratras.

Dr Neelam Singh, a gender expert who is also a gynecologist narrated this incident as barbaric and as a side-effect of our mindset. Increasing consumerism in society has resulted into loss of sensitivity among people. “It’s an extremist’s step.  A reflection of our mindset that we want to abandon the girl child.

Society would take its own time to understand the gravity of such issue, she says.

According to social activist Rooprekha Verma, reporting of such incidents have increased drastically in recent times, although they have been happening since ages. The reason for this is simple, as girls have always been portrayed as burden for the family. Families are facing pressures like dowry, increased insecurity of girls in society and increased consumerism to avoid an additional burden of girls.

The solution for such instances is not simple but multifold. Along with disseminating awareness in the society, there is a need to implement programmes to encourage girls in true sense. Efforts on the level of police, administration and cultural and religious front to address this problem have taken monentum but it will take years.