We live in a society where girl birth is considered a crime or punishment. It is common to see a daughter not being welcomed with the same level of happiness and celebration, as a son.
Rather in some cases, the birth of a girl child is greeted with a lot of bitterness because of backward thought process held by some sections of Indian society. Sometimes, even the new moms are subject to emotional harassment at the hands of society and family for giving birth to a baby girl.
But thankfully, not all the news about the birth of a girl child end on a sad note. Some end on the positive note too.
Likewise in 2016, in Uttar Pradesh’s Hamirpur district, an elated mother-in-law could not control her sentiments after her daughter-in-law gave birth to a baby girl.
Prema Devi shattered the social norms when she gifted her daughter-in-law, Khushbu, a brand new Honda city after giving birth to a beautiful daughter.
In a country, where daughters-in-law are hardly treated as daughters, Prema Devi, a retired health inspector, had this to share:
“The practice of female infanticide can only end when daughters-in-law are treated as daughters. After all, they’re somebody else’s daughters as well. If daughters-in-law are loved the way daughters are loved, they bring happiness to the home.”
Touched by the gesture, Khushbu shared how blessed she is to have Prema Devi as her mother-in-law. She also added that daughters-in-law should treat their mothers-in-law like their own mothers.
At I FOR HER, we believe it isn’t the money spent on the gift that matters but the feeling of mutual love and respect that Prema and Khushbhu carry for each other.
In a country, where women are fighting to be treated equally in their families and in the society, the views and gestures of Prema Devi are certainly worth applauding for.
It is saddening in the era where women have taken our country to Moon, a section of our society still believes they are lesser than men. Hope more mothers & fathers will seek inspiration from Prema to contribute in building a safer and a better society for our young girls.