Traditions and rituals outline the existence of the Indian girl child. Amidst uproars of gender equality and law enforcement, female infants are still found dumped in trash, by the dozens, while unborn foetuses continue to be sniffed in the womb. Wrought with discrimination and prejudiced by rituals, our society has dealt the girl child a rough hand, starting even before birth, till the dark of life.
At www.rsmfoundation.in, we show you the world from the eyes of a girl child, bright but unprivileged, twinkle in the eye, but remorse in the spirit; the Indian girl child, a picture of dismay.
Save Girl Child is a social endeavor under the auspices of The Organization for Eradication of Illiteracy and Poverty www.rsmfoundation.in, All over the world, millions of girls and women suffer a tremendous amount of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse and pain. Many girls suffer terrible things growing up at the hands of their own family members or relatives, and some women feel trapped and put up with abusive husbands in the confines of their own home. The depth of pain, fear, and hopelessness they must feel is unimaginable. The vast majority of abuse stems from men and societies in which girls and women are almost treated like animals, and yet while it’s a generalization to say that all men are perverse or degenerate, the fear and suspicion of that potential remains, and the evidences of it naturally take many forms. In this light, I struggle with even the association and stigma in being a man, and all the negatives that are part of it.
So what can we do about it? While we cannot fix the world, we can ensure that we respond with respect and sensitivity to women by listening, encouraging, and complimenting them every chance we get. It is our hope that something in these pages encourages others to do the same. Respect should always be mutual, but all too often it seems women are not esteemed or treated with the tact and kindness they deserve. We have found this to be true not only in the more obvious places such as secular high schools, but sometimes even in the workplace, which is all the more disturbing