She knows, therefore, she acts.
She knows how unsafe the world has become for not only girls but also for all. Born and brought up in a small town with limited exposure, she rises above her challenges. While still, the world laments of two daughters in one home, she goes one step ahead. She admits her two daughters in Taekwondo class. Now, despite what the others flay, she can sleep soundly at night. The effort soon reveals its colours.
One day, when the girls were returning from tuition, two young men began harassing them. They pleaded politely to let them go but, they had every right to molest any girl. Hence, they didn’t budge. And, so, the girls enjoyed a hearty practice session of their Taekwondo class.
Seeing them independent in the most important sense of it, the mother feels pride in herself and her upbringing.
She had almost crossed the marriageable age when she got married. She was 16 years. Despite her tiring day, she took out time to read books. Even her husband gifted her a variety of books. When she held the helm, she didn’t allow her children to marry off her granddaughters at a young age. In fact, she kept a strict vigil in her village. She tirelessly worked for the eradication of superstitions and orthodox beliefs.
She thus proved how a place couldn’t restrict anyone from doing something good. Even living in the tallest skyscraper in the world, a person can be uneducated and still pose a threat to himself and others.
She became a doctor because she had seen how women suffered due to their inhibition of getting treatment from male doctors. Moreover, her father instilled in her the need for self-reliance and being compassionate to all. A woman doctor, in the pre-Independence era, was no child’s play. But she braved it for she had seen the helplessness and heard and known everything.
Since that day she broke the taboo, today we can see countless women doctors.
Neither fear nor courage has any limit. Thus, throughout the ages, women have seen and heard. Many have dared to take upon this responsibility to channelize their knowledge and understanding in the most appropriate ways. Walking through the male dominion and orthodoxy they’ve paved a new path.
Sadly, even today, women are still women’s worst enemies. Despite knowing and cognising everything, they continue to blindly support the injustice and misogyny. Ironically, the best and the worst both emanate from the homes.
It’s, therefore, a long and arduous road ahead for women.