Dear Society: A Girl-Child is not a Burden

Dear Society: A Girl-Child is not a Burden

Everything seemed to be thrilled when my parents actually promoted the idea that families should have a girl child. But the next minute, my optimism crumbled like a broken glass gaggle. They said that the parents who have the only male child are aggressive because they don't have to live in constant fear and marriage of the daughter.

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While the parents who are "privileged" with a girl child have to be generous, affectionate and have an excellent interpersonal relationship, they have to bow down to get her engaged. The main thrust was deemed the ladke wale to be oppressive and controlling, while the ladki wale must be tolerant and respectful of their wishes, however unreasonable they may be. When are we going to get rid of a male child's choice?

It’s 2021: Still Prevailing Male-dominated Culture

It is 2021, but even today the inclination for a male child persists in our culture, resulting in a rise in instances of foeticide, negligence of the girl child, and indifference towards education, health, and well-being of the girl. These are the women who have been neglected and killed because of post-natal and pre-natal gender selection over time. Moreover, according to data gathered by UNICEF in 2017, 60% of infants referred to state-run child care hospitals are boys, and in 2018, 600,000 children died, girls exceeded boys.

Gender inequality is so deeply ingrained that families obviously look for arguments that explain the idea that having a girl child is ideal for them. Even today, families without a male child are often imperfect.

Some parents think it is a family's responsibility. So the family has to be supportive if it recognizes women's potential.

A family should have daughters to understand the true hardships of life because not everyone intends to boost a daughter in a wicked world. A family should have daughters, since women are praised as goddesses of goodness and wealth, and practicing her kanyadaan is a privilege that not everyone has in their lives. But what if women do not adhere to these ideal images? What if they are greedy, talk to their hearts, and do whatever they want? What if they are likely to make mistakes like all human beings? What if they have the impulses that they want to do?

Sadly, in the society we live today, raising a daughter is always a struggle. A parent who wishes to share his/her daughter’s total independence has to face tremendous opposition. But is it right, then, to compel women to sacrifice their decisions and to live up to the demands of their parents and society only because they gave them life?

My Concluding Thoughts

Raising a girl child would not have been so daunting if society had highly valued her selection, agency, and uniqueness. Suspicion of the protection of women and the strain of their marriage would not have been bigger than the focus on their education and self-education if women were not seen as vulnerable and suppressed beings whose bodies are the basis of physical, political, and family abuse. Is it appropriate to let patriarchal cultures describe whether or not a girl should bring to life? Why don't we eliminate the misdeeds, partiality, and exclusionary aspects of the custom?

It's high time we shattered the stereotypes of a girl child's strain. It's a promising indicator that many parents are willing to embrace a girl's child today. But they have to stop referring to women as downtrodden beings. Parents should raise daughters not with affection or gratitude for the hardships they have to face in a male-dominated society, but with the notion that women are effectively human beings with equal opportunities to be encouraged. There is a need to alter a society that subverts women's freedom, rather than force a woman to wait forever and dreaming.

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