A Death Unsung (A girl story) : Child Marriage
The thing which comes to our mind on hearing the word- “Woman” is epitome of sacrifice and selfless love. This is because they are portrayed that way by our ‘mass media’.
See ‘Balika Vadhu’ or the ‘Bidaai Sisters’ who must have shed tons of tears by now, but, still they bear it all. After all, they are the Bhaartiya Naaris and have to go through the Agni Pariksha time and again.
Most importantly, the mass media has once again raised the ever debatable and one of the most sensitive issues prevalent in the country- ‘Child Marriage’
In the early 1800’s, the birth of a female baby was looked down upon as an ill-omen. ‘Burden’ was the word used for the girl child. The insecure parents never realized that by marrying her off at the tender age of seven-eight years, they did not relieve themselves of any burden; instead, they jeopardized the innocent life.
A child, so young and naive, who had just about opened her eyes to the world, was handed over huge responsibilities, and before she could understand anything, the world completely changed for her. Little did she know that utensils would replace her dolls.
Woman often finds herself succumbing to the will of the society, for the sake of acceptance.
‘Her’ identity is often reduced to that of a commodity;
‘Her’ life, to an existence revolving around the whims of men.
The question is not about her merely listing the hardships of a woman’s life or crimes against her, nor is the solution as simple as a constitutional law; the situation demands an ‘ideological resolution’, as there is no other form of abuse that is more painful and more shameful than this.