Daughters of India
So this is what it reads when you enter the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao corner of our government's site:
Our Mantra should be: ‘Beta Beti, Ek Samaan’
“Let us celebrate the birth of the girl child. We should be equally proud of our daughters. I urge you to sow five plants when your daughter is born to celebrate the occasion.” -PM Narendra Modi to citizens of his adopted village Jayapur.
Thought of breaking it down sentence by sentence with a pinch of "salty reality" added to it.
“Let us celebrate the birth of the girl child" - so men of this country could have more to hunt with minimal consequences and if they are privileged, hunt with the government's license with no consequence whatsoever.
"We should be equally proud of our daughters." - Yes we should be. Especially of those who do not end up in a ditch, who do not get burnt, who do not get raped but manage to get back home "safe" with just a few hands molesting her and a few eyes throwing lustful glares.
"I urge you to sow five plants when your daughter is born" - So that rapists do not have to search for trees when they decide to to hang her in the middle of a village; so that they do not find it difficult when they go searching for wood to burn her with or without the help of the police depending on their privilege.
"to celebrate the occasion.” - an occasion that occurs a handful number of times everyday across every part of the nation, the state of which is normalised like a weather report at the end of a news that no one really cares about; an occassion where a country that boasts itself of a thousand goddesses, where a country that calls itself "Bharat Mata", is just a big cremation ground for many a bodies and many a dreams of its daughters.