Khub Ladi Mardani

Khub Ladi Mardani


बुंदेले हरबोलों के मुँह हमने सुनी कहानी थी,
खूब लड़ी मर्दानी वह तो झाँसी वाली रानी थी।।

(These lines are in honor of the queen of Jhansi, Rani Laxmibai who fought gallantly against the Britich intruders. The poetsess has used the word ‘Mardani’ to describe her, which means she fought like a man.)

I assume that most of us are familiar with the above lines penned down by ‘Subhadra Kumari Chauhan’. We all feel proud of our Queen of Jhansi, Sarojani Naidu, Mary Kom, Sunita Williams…. The list would be endless. isn’t it? Then why on earth do we don’t want a girl child? Population sex ratio in India as per census 2011 is 940 females per 1000 males. It’s a shame that A female child has to fight for herself right from the time of inception, yet in this country there are ladies who fight against all the odds, who live life on their terms, who inspire.
One such lady is Mitu Khurana. She is a doctor from Delhi who refused to abort her twin daughters. She was tortured by her husband and other family members, but she refused to give in. She had to bear all the violence just because she wanted to give birth to a girl. She was given a choice though. She was asked to abort one of the foetus if not both. Either she could be a tortured mother of one girl child or she was free to kill her soul. The magnanimity of her In- laws makes me want to applaud.
I have heard many people say that only uneducated people have such thinking, but the husband of Mitu Khurana is a doctor. He is a well educated man and yet…
Mitu became the first Indian woman to file a Pre-Conception and Pre Natal Diagonstic Act against her husband and the doctors as well as the hospital that performed the illegal sex determination test. She is fighting till date as justice in our country depends upon how well connected a party is. In this case the accused are rich and have connections.
This does not dishearten Mitu. She has chosen to fight, in the same way a lady many many years before her, had fought. They both fought for the same thing. DIGNITY.

The Mardani is still fighting.

This post is a part of #UseYourAnd activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette Venus“. 

When I was asked to write about a woman who defined #UseYourAnd the name of Mitu popped in my mind. I thank blogadda and Gilette Venus to come up with such an inspirational topic.   Just because we are women does not mean that we would always live a life of ‘Either’ and ‘Or’. We are capable of living our own dreams without compromising on one or the other front of our life.


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