Monday, May 25, 2015

"The Heart and Soul of Queen Bee"

“In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.” Margaret Thatcher.

Good evening!

To hell with the people who thinks women are weak! CBSE class 12th result is out and the result is a testimony to those people who tries very hard to prove muscle power is everything. Believe it or not! Girls have outshine the boys AGAIN in 2015 CBSE Class 12 results! According to the reports from Times of India, the pass percentage of girls was 87.57 as compared to boys', which was 77.77 percent. A humongous 10 percent lead for girls over boys. Well, it is becoming a trend every year where the girls are outshining the boys. I just hope the result statistics find it way to every politicians, every policemen, every lawmaker, and in every nook and corner of our country.

The smile on my face may seems to exhibit a devilish trait with the CBSE class 12th results but it is because I have recently read a news report where child marriages is still very much prevalent in India. It is a pity that some few people in our society are really scared and panicky of what girls can achieve and accomplish better than their equal opposite sex. The society norms is the patriarchal hierarchy and the general beliefs is that it shall be maintain at any cost and any means. But the cost and the means are quiet appalling, and most of it deriving from ancient traditions. And child marriage is one the many means to subdue the empowerment of women in our society.

I came across the term "Akshaya Tritiya" which is a Holy day for the followers of Hindu and Jain religion. It is one of the most important days for the Hindus and revered as an auspicious day. And as result, the day is considered to be auspicious and conducive to start new ventures. In spite of the importance of the day, it is also equally a black day for most underage girls who are forced into child marriage by their parents and relatives on this auspicious day every year. I just cannot imagine the state of the innocence girls who are betrothed to a boy or man whom the girls would've address them as "Bare Bhaiya" (English: Big brother) if not for the child marriage.

The attitude of government towards child marriage is quite appalling and precarious. Inside the House, the politicians will say, we are taking the necessary steps to prevent child marriages. Whereas on election campaigns just don't even think about our politicians speaking about the prevention of child marriages, they won't even also speak about the honor killings and the female infanticide because it might affect their vote-bank and the chance of winning the election. It means, the government indirectly nurturing all these crimes against women. In fact, one of our knucklehead politicians has gone on to say, "rape accused should not be hanged. Men make mistakes." As long as we continue to elect this of kind of politicians, don't even think about India becoming a developed country but rather backtracking us to barbaric civilization.

It means, "We" together have to do everything to stop child marriages and all the crimes against women. Awareness is the key and the importance of women in society is the gateway to progress our nation towards better future. The CBSE class 12th result is just one of the testimonies showing the importance of women in our society. As per the 2011 census, India sex ratio is 940 females per 1000 of males. Now, try recalling the 2012 London Olympics when Saina Nehwal and Mary Kom won two medals making our nation proud despite against all the odds.

Food for thought: “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” Virginia Woolf.

Thank you.

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