For Her

Mommy’s little girl. Young Indian girl in traditional costume for a children’s dance performance. Photo Credit: 20140427-India-0599.jpg by Ding Zhou, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Rising a girl child in an Indian family may seem difficult than compared to rising a boy, but the responsibility which lies upon us, the love that binds her with us, the innocent smile she throws at us are strikingly beautiful. A cute little Hindu girl in a swanky colourful half saree and a Muslim girl in an elegant hijab offer us a gracious traditional spectacle across the residences of this secular country.

Immediately coming out from her mother’s womb, she is welcomed into this world wholeheartedly with vivid comparisons of her resemblance with her parents. In Hindu families, her birth is a divine notification from Goddess Lakshmi. Upon her arrival, a beautiful and invisible illumination is scattered graciously across the house.

A young girl going to mosque in the Muslim majority city of Hyderabad, dressed in a traditional Hijab. Whilst it is uncommon for children so young to wear Hijabs, on special occasions, such as Friday prayers, they are worn. Photo Credit: --A baby at a mosque by Johanan Ottensooser
A young girl going to mosque in the Muslim majority city of Hyderabad, dressed in a traditional Hijab. Whilst it is uncommon for children so young to wear Hijabs, on special occasions, such as Friday prayers, they are worn.
Photo Credit: –A baby at a mosque by Johanan Ottensooser, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Generally, a special bond exists between father and daughter and mother and son. Speaking about the former duo, she is his princess and his goddess and he will be ready to sacrifice anything to her. She is a Daddy’s girl. I am reminded about film actor Prakash Raj, whose roles in few Telugu films showed an intimate bonding between a father and daughter.

Right from Naming ceremony to Marriage ceremony, the journey with a daughter is relentless to her parents. She plays with dolls at five years of age, she plays skipping and hopscotch at eight, she looks for modern, colorful and traditional apparels when she crosses twelve and persistently yearns for modern look and becomes more beauty conscious when she reaches sixteen and finally feels responsible for her family when she crosses twenty. Today, though they steer themselves towards professional careers, they are bestowed with even more responsibilities after marriage which they are expected to accept heartily.

Moreover, during most period of her life time, security becomes concern. Unfortunately, for thousands of years this has been a prime concern to parents around the world.

Photo Credit: Stone Town girls by Irene, CC BY 2.0
Photo Credit: Stone Town girls by Irene, CC BY 2.0

By stating above things, I feel sad by looking at dwindling sex ratios, increased discrimination and harassment against women. When does society recognize the beauty and elegance of having a girl child? Everything a man does in his life is to make a woman happy. Be it his mother, wife or daughter. A country is said to be developed only when every women gets respect and dignity.

Feature Image Photo Credit: Father-daughter duo in Chatpal, Kashmir, India by sandeepachetanCC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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