Last week as I went to the hospital to collect data on the rate of infant mortality, I was a little shocked to hear the yelling of women in the maternity ward. I was terrified by the words she uttered as I went there. What I saw was a woman of around fifty years shouting "the mother's womb is cursed and hence, her second born is a girl. Take her to some astrologer during her third birth.'' Another proud grandmother was boasting that her daughter's womb would never carry a girl foetus, because she hates girls. The ward became noisier because of the incessant crying of mothers who gave birth to daughters. Some of their in-laws did not even come to see the baby because it is not a boy. We make a lot of big-talk, that in the twenty- first century there is no gender discrimination and yet we are tormenting the mothers who give birth to girls. Why do they fail to see without a woman a baby cannot see the light of world? That without a strong woman a man is incomplete? All these conversations disgusted me. I'm just hoping for future generations to have better sense.
Maple Leaf International School, Dhaka
The Tragic Death of another Teenager
After Tanu, another girl meets a tragic death. Risha, a teenage schoolgirl recently became another victim of violence against women. The safety of women is a big question lurking the streets now. Who knows what will happen tomorrow? Girls are always a victim of sexual harassment on the streets, and now, it has become a reason for their deaths. Risha's killer is now in jail. But Tanu's family is still waiting for justice. Tanu's killer is yet to be arrested. Why is the government failing to stop this nonsense? Only a few of these cases are out in the media. Many other cases of cruelty against women are not even disclosed. Women even have to face harassment when they want to get justice. Therefore, criminals are encouraged to commit these crimes again and again. We are very sorry to say that women are unsafe in the country, be it at home or outside of the home. I just hope that we continue to our protest to bring a stop to violence against women. We don't want to see such cruelties of life again.