Â Â Â Â Â If the baby in the womb is a girl, it is doubtful if she is ever going to be born into the world. It is not known if the baby girl will be treated well or thrown out.Â Not that everyone is bringing up kids that way, however, how many of us can say without a shaken voice that you never illtreated your daughters and that they were never hurt? If this is the case in well educated societies, imagine the plight of the girls in families where moms are not very well educated. Madhupriya, a young child from Andhra Pradesh, India has depicted this situation very close to reality in her song in Telugu, about being born as a girl: âAdapillanamma nenu Adapillanani..â meaning , âI am a girl, O mom, and that I am a girl..â
In certain backward societies in India, when they do not want the girl child as soon as they are born they call them unwanted girls, called ânakoosaâ meaning nobodyâs child and are left for their fate.
If the girls are neglected so much, who will be the moms in future generations?
In the guise of being wellwishers, doing social service, or offering employment many people are respected as elders in the society, while they are exploiting women and selling them away as organized criminals.
We boast so proudly about women acing in so many firelds, each time there is an occassion.
However, if we keep certain facts in dark, consequences do not change.
The oldest form of exploitation in the world is to put the womanhood in women in market and sell them as marketable goods and make them and change them into objects of entertainment.
Many innocent women and young girls areÂ falling for greed and ruining their lives. They are fallingÂ for the lime light in cities with their attractions and yielding to them, and ending up as victims in the atrocious hands of dealers of flesh trade.
Sometimes they are ruined in the hands of some monstrous people, get rejected by husband and families, and decieved in the name of love and many young girls are finally finding themselves nowhere else to go as their own parents disown them and throw them into flesh trade.
In the name of marriages, many a minor young girl from India and Eastern nations Â is sold to Arab Sheiks.
In Andhra Pradesh, girls and women from coastal areas are sold as sex slaves and young children are turned into child labor.
According to National Human Rights Commission report, it is found that the state of Andhra Pradesh is supplying most for sex trade all across,Â and according to the National Womensâ Commissionâs report, it is known that, forty percent of people pulled into prostitution are women from Andhra Pradesh (National Human Rights Report 2001 & USAID Report).
According to the report on Trafficking For Commercial Sexual Exploitation AP â A Situation Report byÂ Â Jose Vetticatil and Dr.Sunitha-Prajwala by CRS, in cities and towns across India, many call girls and women in red light areas are from Andhra Pradesh, contributing about 24 % to 85 % of the women in the profession.
Despite such pathetic circumstances, ignoring them and by questioning, âWhat problems do women face now? They are enjoying so many fecilities,â some womenÂ along with men going on their own way shows how very inaccurate our vision is. Lives of young girls are thrown into dark worlds before one can rescue them.
For several reasons, women are facing lawlessness and are abused. If we do not do our duty on our part, and stop this madness somewhere, we may be only decieving ourselves!
Children, women, adults, need to be given education, vocational training, technical education, Martial Arts, awareness about evil groups, counseling with experts in order to bring about new change and be of use.
In certain Races and Castes, for e.g., Matangi and Jogini tribes in Andhra, it is important that they be relieved of their caste restrictions and allowed to be married and live a socially acceptable life. These and certain other women, just because they are born into those castes and races, are not allowed to marry anyone, and lead their lives as sex workers or slaves.
As a response to the fact that some organizations in the name of hiring women are selling them for sex trade, Delhi High Court from India, SCT- GOvernment Department of Labor from Delhi, has ordered that all placement agencies to be registered within a time limit in January, 2011. Â On hearing some petitions from people, they have also ordered to find out all the data about the people seeking help from placement agencies. All the details of the employment seekers as well as the placement agencies are being recorded.
Delhi High Court has also ordered Child Welfare Committee and the Delhi Commission for Women to enquire all these details thoroughly: specially with regards to wages, harassment, long work hours, without break, lack of minimum fecilities, medical and food fecilities, and other such similar requirements are being examined.
They have also ordered that women and children be provided with required legal expertise and help and if there are any discrepancies with the placement agencies, control them and incur fines if necessary. Although things of this nature are giving hope, it would be nice if they are not remaining as passifying acts.
Not only Governmental organizations but also Womensâ Welfare centers, NGOs, Non-Profit organizations should also come forward to help such women, children and other abused people and help them with financial, technical, medical, social needs. Mainly they have to pull them out from the dirty polluted environment and bring them out into the outside world. It should be considered as a duty to rehabilitate them by giving them vocational training, and making them into responsible citizen. If given required help by reaching out to those victims, it can lead to a brighter future to their offspring and to the destiny of the nation.Â Â
- Hemalatha Putla
Vihanga Global Magazine