The world has progressed a lot, people have reached to the moon and in a few centuries, they may create a base over there. Yet, the gender equality according to some of the family has remained the same. The people are still hoping for a boy-child to continue their dynasty. Thus, the lives of the girl child are often taken even before they are born. The act of female feticide is still very common in many parts of the country. Although the Gender Testing prior to the birth is illegal these days, still the statistics are showing that female feticide is taking almost half a million lives of the girl child before they are even born in this country every year.
Dr. Mitu Khurana is an excellent example that the gender discrimination is not only restricted to the rural parts of the country. The gender discrimination is also present in the urban area, among the privileged class of the society. Dr. Khurana is married to a respected doctor. Yet, her husband and his family had tried to kill her twin daughters before they are born. Dr. Khurana, with the help of her own family, had fought for the right of her own daughters. Her act of courage has inspired thousands of mothers to take a stand for their unborn girl children.
The Early Life of Dr. Mitu Khurana
Dr. Mitu Khurana was born in a doctor family. She and her sister were the much wanted and much loved daughters of their parents. Their parents wanted their children to be the girls and thus they were bought with much love and care. Thus, her life was smooth and sheltered prior to her marriage. Eventually, Dr. Khurana had gotten married to an orthopedic surgeon. From the very first, she felt unwelcomed by her husband and his family in her new home. She had to face taunts for not bringing enough dowries from her parent’s house. Over the time, the situation didn’t change, it had gotten worsened.
Her Fight for her Unborn Girl Children
As soon as she became pregnant her husband and in-laws had initiated to know the gender of the fetus. As soon as her husband’s family came to know about the twin girls, they wanted her to get rid of them. Even after tolerating the abuse, Dr. Khurana had tried to make the situation right. She had wanted her parents-in-law and husband to accept the girls and to give them the love that the babies deserved. One day her husband had pushed her from the stairs and locked her in the room afterward so that she might lose her precious daughters. After that, she had called her own father, who had demanded to bring her home.
After the birth of her precious daughters, she had tried to stay with her husband and parents-in-law, to give the girls their own family. One day, her mother-in-law had tried to push one of the girls down the stairs with the hope of killing her. Then Dr. Khurana left her husband forever and had filed for divorce.
The Fight of Dr. Khurana for Justice
Dr. Khurana is the first women to file the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act commonly known as PC&PNDT Act against her own husband and his family. Her fight was very difficult as her husband’s family was very powerful and financially secured to appoint the best lawyers. She was forced to make the settlement time to time. Yet, she hadn’t surrendered and still continuing the fight for the right of her daughters.
She had appeared for one of the most popular show Satyamev Jayate, conducted by the famous Bollywood actor Amir Khan. She had shared her own life story in front of the whole country not only to be strong for her own case. She hoped that the strong journey of her life would inspire the other thousand mothers of the country to fight for their unborn girl children or fight for the equal right of the daughters throughout the whole country. The Save Girl Child movement needs to be stronger to secure the future of the millions of girls of the society.
Written By: Sanjay Kumar Patra