Reflection Essay

An animated me walks into the lime green office on my first day of internship and all these trapped women in hues of fear, insecurity, abandonment stare back at me from paintings and I was sure, the Let Her Live experience would be everything it promised to be and much more. Art has always been an integral part of my life and gender issues, a recent yet ardent addition to the person I am.


Why Value A Girl Child

This English literature student landed herself with Salt Initiatives, an NGO and they assigned her with their ‘Let Her Live’ campaign which ensures the dignity and equality of women and girl children. Being in Delhi for three years has told her and made her aware of the violence against women. She considered it like any other evil practices which has been a part of the society and did not have a serious stand about it. Her leaders at the organization gave her orientation about female foeticide and their ideas on curbing the practice.



The news headlines sang similar songs of India’s ‘outrage’ and ‘shock’ on the July 10, ruthless, inhuman molestation of a 17 year old girl by a group of jeering men, in Guwahati; as if, it was the first of its kind incident that tainted the moral fabric of the nation do we have one? The crimes against women were reported over 2.25 lakh in 2011, according to National Crime Records Bureau. Bingo! Our shock and outrage often end up in a blame game discussing on the ‘length of her dress’, the time she went out, why she had to go alone, and more.



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