Beti Bachao…

Ever wondered what lil boys think of ‘Beti Bachao’ (save the girl child)? Does it make them feel insecure? Or that they’re being discriminated against?

“Why only Beti Bachao bomma?” Adi asked me one day. I was almost stumped and thought wow!! It was only then that I pondered over it and a realization came about – At least in the urban context that we are in, and, in the cosmopolitan, gender equality ethos that we belong to, its difficult for lil boys to understand the context around the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaigns that are seen/heard all around.

I had continued the conversation and tried as best as I could to make him understand the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of Beti Bachao. In his lil mind he’d been wondering (perhaps for quite some time), trying to comprehend what all this was about!! I wondered what goes on in all the lil boys’ minds…do they get it?… or do they view it as some conspiracy by parents, and, adults in general, to protect the daughters and punish the boys for being the imps that they are! 😀

Do parents of sons discuss this with their children at all? Do they even realise that lil minds might be curious (or worried) about this ? Any such experiences that you’ve come across?

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  1. Its the responsibility of the parents and teachers to make children understand this concept of beti bachao…
    Educating our children – both our sons and daughters – is very important!

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    1. True. We do talk about stuff like saving water/preserving environment/cleanliness and such but ‘Beti Bachao’ is not something we actively think of discussing.I was glad he asked me the question, instead of making his own assumptions 🙂

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  2. Hmmm … Explain to them how some wrongs are to be righted to build an equitable society maybe?
    I think kids understand more than we give credit to them though; felt this in so many schools and shelters I go to.

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    1. True..i agree Swar. Children do understand a lot more than we think they can. My concern here is that we dont often pick up sensitive topics to discuss with kids, in fact we are blissfully unaware of the impact on them…

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