What is Being Girl? Children are said to be a blessing from the Almighty. But only as long as the child is a boy, being born as a girl is a whole different story. Yes! this is a sour truth that we need to accept as quickly as we can. The instances that prove women a lower entity are countless.
You’d always hear s story of some 1-day old baby girl wrapped in a polythene bag and clothes were rescued when a stray dog was pulling on the bag or of a newborn baby girl was found abandoned at a garbage dump or of some woman who have had reportedly forsaken her 7-day old baby as she was born a girl with some psychical complications. With most of the instances having a female child as the protagonist.
They call infants the blessing irrespective of their gender but often their acts force us to ask a question, ‘If they were the blessings of the Almighty, why were they thrown away as curses?’ It may sound ludicrous and hard to believe but, sexism did not actually exist since the beginning of time. In fact, people would always worship the imaginary figure of Mother Earth rather than father earth or mother India rather than father India or something like that.
But as people started to introduce more gods, they started worshipping the “Thunder God and God of Heat and Power,” This perhaps would have been the start of any major sexism; from praying to an all-caring mother to worshipping an angry male god. Thus, showing how people then thought that males deserved more respect and felt the need to dominate the living era. In fact, in every religion, which forms the very foundations of our faith, God is portrayed as a male figure.
The might sun is categorised as ‘he’ being a source of energy and power while the moon that reflects off the light earned by the sun as ‘she.’ Thus in every part of our life, knowingly or unknowingly, we embrace sexism as nothing less than our second nature. Sexism today is present in almost every place the humans can reach. The points listed below are the results of gender discrimination.
Killings For Being Girl
1. Female infanticide and sex-selective abortion: girls are considered to be a burden for the parents as they would bring nothing but heavy expenditure for the family. Giving birth to boys, on the other hand, is thought of as an investment. This is because males are said to be the earner of the family while the girls stay at home and prepare themselves to be married off, and hence girls are nothing but a waste of money.
2. Honour killings: Honor killings have nothing to do with honour; except perhaps killing the honour of humanity may be. An honor killing is the homicide of a member of a family by other members, due to the perpetrators’ belief that the victim has brought shame or dishonor upon the family, or has violated the principles of a community or a religion, usually for reasons such as refusing to enter an arranged marriage, being in a relationship that is disapproved by their family, having sex outside marriage, becoming the victim of rape, dressing in ways which are deemed inappropriate, engaging in non-heterosexual relations or renouncing a faith.
3. Discrimination: Discrimination forms the basis of sexism. The only jobs that they are entitled to are cooking, giving birth and looking after their family.
Education- Female education seems to be the cringe point for the sexists and the people who want women to remain inferior.
4.Marriage: Child marriage is perhaps one of the main reasons why women do not get the chance to be educated. Once married, women, adolescents and girls become the property of husband’s family.
5-Law: When we suffer from any form of abuse or face any sort of legal problems, we seek the help of law. But sometimes in certain cases, in some countries, even law turns to a blind eye if the victim is a female.
6-Society: Social custom, mentality and ritually plays a huge role in discrimination of women. Veiling and adherence to purdah remain domains of contestation in partiality towards women.