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No, I am not announcing the arrival of a baby girl in my life. I wish I did have a baby girl. But nature overruled us. Yet, these same words of joy can instill fear and desperation for millions of people across the globe. Yes, I am talking of a genocide that is of a frightening scale.

There are 200 million missing women in the world today – this number is 2/3rd the population of the US, greater than the casualties of all wars and tragic events in the 20th century put together. Can we even begin to grasp the enormity of this vacuum? 200 million dead women who were killed or aborted for the want of a male child! This gendercide has been going on for a very long time, silently extinguishing a little girl every few seconds, and it is at the fringes of our consciousness, yet we choose to ignore it. And the biggest culprits are India and China – the two most populous nations on this earth who just can’t have enough sons. China with its 1 child policy and preference for sons has forced desperate parents to abort girl children in the hope of a male progeny.

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In India, it is the traditional mindsets and patriarchal systems coupled with poverty and crippling girl-negative traditions like dowry that lead to a girl child being unwanted in most homes. Even affluent homes unfortunately, who can give the best of resources opt to have a male child forcing or brainwashing the mother to abort her fetus multiple times. If this is the situation in rich families, how can we even blame the poor? 5 million girls are killed every year in India.

In the TED video shared below, an Indian lady shows a small mound near her home where she buried her 8 daughters that she had strangled with her own hands. Desperate for a male heir, today she and her husband are childless. But they have no remorse or even regret. It instantly makes you hate her smiling face. But then hear her story.  Her studies were rudely stopped when she was 15 years old, and she was married off to her sister’s husband because her sister was unable to have children. I wonder if she had any control over her own life to make her own decisions passed on as she was from her family to that of another man. Her most important role was to give a male heir to her husband. A role she tried very hard to fulfill but couldn’t.

It is not to say that things are not getting better. Not all Indians or Chinese are girl murderers. There is a big population of Indian girls who are supported by their families to lead independent lives. But, it is a very small part of the larger picture where male is still the preferred gender. Crimes against girls and women are still very rampant.

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Let me share my own story. I was born a seriously sick child, underweight and hanging on to life with a thread. My grandparents were disappointed that another girl was born to my mother and father but luckily they made peace with nature’s diktat and did not force my parents to kill me. My mother and father did their very best to raise their two daughters and one son, equally, never depriving us of any opportunity. Being born in UP, I still can’t forget the words of an aunt who sneered when my excellent marks were being rejoiced about that, “She is a girl and will get married and go away. What is there to celebrate?” There were many more such comments. My parents ignored her because it is time that would prove her wrong. All 3 of us in the family went on to do our MBAs. More than our qualifications, my sister and I are independent thinking individuals. I have seen my father and mother go out of their way to support the maids that worked in our houses and also other girl children in their families. Yes, children learn from their parents. Each snigger and apology, each reaction is recorded in our tiny brains and imbibed. I am confident because my parents taught me by example. I am sensitive because I had the privilege of being brought up in a loving home that accepted me, loved me and showed me that I was not less than any other, gave me education and the right to question and demand. I endeavor to raise my kids to respect women and respect equality not by preaching but by practicing.

What can we do?

First and foremost – look in the mirror that is where we can see where our deepest prejudices reside. Do you see a girl/woman in your family, among your friends or neighbors being ill-treated? Did you do something about it? If not, then you are one among each one of us who is responsible for the vanishing female population in this world. Do you stand up for the girls/women in your family? Do you poke fun at others’ girl children? Are you on an ego trip because you have boys? Attack your thinking and complexes first! The next generation’s thinking hinges on that.

Can you talk about this issue? Can you help spread awareness?

Bring this issue out of intellectual discussions in living rooms into the mainstream. Increase awareness. Let each one of us see the mirror first. The society as a whole needs to pitch in with desperate measures. Right from the grassroots, the mindset towards a girl child needs to be changed. The doctors, the police, the politicians, our panchayats – all have to mobilize resources to make a difference. And social ostracization against the culprits may work too. It is no longer a neighbor’s business only. It is your business and the country’s business as well.

And you and I can do more. Treat our girls well. Educate them. Give them financial independence. Treat our women well. I ask the women to rise up in support of another woman just like them. She is your daughter-in-law, your mother-in-law, your mother, your aunt, your maid, your colleague – give her an extra helping hand when she needs one. Unless each one of us can put our own putrid demons to rest, the status quo will continue unabated.

Do more! It is already too late!

This entry has been written for Indiblogger and Franklin Templeton’s endeavor to speak about social causes. Franklin Templeton Investments partnered the TEDxGateway Mumbai in December 2012 to bring us some powerful TED talks about new ideas and pathbreaking solutions!

Girl pictures courtesy: news.bbc.co.uk

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89 Thoughts on “It’s a girl!

  1. phoenixritu on July 25, 2013 at 11:51 am said:

    This is not Much Ado about Nothing …. it is too little ado about Something Huge. As women it is our duty to our gender to raise awareness about this. In Punjab the second or third daughter born is given the name Unchahi (not wanted), something that makes me cringe.

    • Absolutely Ritu! This is such a huge problem. Yet we brush it aside and carry on when right in our midst, girls and women suffer and are tormented every single day. Makes me cringe all this discrimination, this brutal killing, these rotting mindsets…

  2. Dagny on July 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm said:

    That woman!! I can’t get her out of my head! She was smiling… talking as if it was rats she killed and buried. What the hell is wrong with people?!!

    About your post, I’ll say only this: I wish I had written it.

    Respect.

    • Her smiling got to me too. What a sad life she has lead. Mother to so many yet childless. Seriously, what is wrong with this crazy society? Thank you for connecting with the post and for your appreciation, Dagny! Means a lot!

  3. Rahul on July 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm said:

    Rachna, being a father of a girl it is easy to relate to this post! We unfortunately do not remember that we came to this world because of a mother and the greatest giveaway is ‘Kanyadaan’ or giving a girl in marriage! A girl child is the greatest gift to the mankind!

  4. This post moved me, Rachna. Everything that I hear and read about girls being killed in want of a son is saddening. People are changing but there are still some who would grief over the birth of a girl. I have seen it..and it is only us who can bring a change.

  5. Kaveri on July 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm said:

    Oh i have gone through those comments. When all my cousins were married off at 15-16 years and my uncles questioning my dad as to why he is still supporting my education. When eventually i would only be married off and gone. Those comments made me more stronger. Now I know I am able to support my parents better than my brother does (nothing against him). I do tell my daughter that she is a gift from God. I am thankful.

    • Thank you Kaveri for visiting and commenting. Scratch the surface, and there isn’t a single girl in India who hasn’t faced these barbs in her life. But kudos to our fathers and mothers who did not care. And look at how each woman who is given an opportunity thrives and gives. Proud of you and love your daughter!

  6. It is a disgusting situation.May be you don’t know,there are 4 million children in orphanages inPune India ….lots of girls….awaiting adoption.Thanks to silly policy of the Govt,adoptions are becoming difficult.Poor girls are waiting for fies to move.
    Answer is education

    • Sorry,Pune is an error

      • Chowlaji, awareness helps and education hopefully helps too especially educating a girl. That way she can understand her rights and also can support herself financially. Adoptions — yes government adoptions are horribly lengthy and tedious. But then child trafficking is another worrisome issue.

  7. Go ask that twitter guy which world he stays in!! Very moving post, Rachna Ma’am. You’ve got it all here – information, root cause of the problem and a solution to it all. Well done. I wish you all the best for the contest. 🙂

    • Thank you Sakshi! This is one post from my heart and a very serious plea to all us privileged ones to do something for our less fortunate sisters.

  8. A very thought provocating post.. They say that the mindset has changed but it hasn’t still regarding female child.. I have a maid who is refused of money by her husband until she bears a male child.. She has three daughters and she has no money to raise them n still thinking of another son..! You are right in saying that this issue should be talked out loud.. It should be discussed and women should raise the ware ness so much so that no mother in law should ever think of doing this ever.. It starts with maids in their house.. Great post.. Keep writing..!

    • Thank you so much, colorsaroundmysoul, for reading and for your comment. You are absolutely right. Scratch the surface, and the mindsets are still the same. I had a maid whose daughter just 22 was already mom to two little girls. Her husband did not even visit her the second time because she had given birth to a daughter. She was expected to keep having children till she had a son. Yes, we must raise our voices and publicly shame those of “respected” families who exploit and torture women in their house. Enough of this “ghar ki izzat” mentality!

  9. Very well written post connecting to your personal experiences and global statistics. The topic as such I guess most of us civilized society agree on. But you rounded off well by proposing the expected course of action expected.

    • Thank you, The Fool! Again this is a topic I feel very strongly about. The video, I hope you saw it, is really touching! You see foreign documentary makers who cannot even understand this thinking reach out to create awareness. And it is shameful that we sit twiddling our thumbs. I so wish that each of us begins today at least with our family and surroundings.

  10. Rachna very well written. Sadly this is true for rural and urban India both. The rural urban divide ends at the infrastructure mostly. Families move out the village but carry their legacy with them where ever they go…there is so much more education needed.

    Would just like to add one more point. We not only need to teach our girls , we need to teach our boys also better. They need to know that they as as capable as their capabilities, which is not based on gender, region, religion etc.

    • Thank you Sfurti! Absolutely, mindsets don’t necessarily change with affluence or change of location. And sure we need to teach our boys as well.

  11. Going through a pregnancy is not a joke…And fruits of eight pregnancies strangled sans mercy!! How can this be?? Sickening! I dont see how the law of not determining the gender of the foetus is in anyway helping if people end up doing all of this!! Sad!

    • Oh that law is so on paper. There are medical professionals who are willing to sell their souls for a few bucks! What can any law do when people are so morally corrupt?

  12. I wish this post wins so that more people get to read it and be inspired. Treating men and women equally is the most basic thing to do. When will we grow up?

    • Thank you Nisha! Your appreciation means so much. I truly hope that more people read this post. I hope they learn something new from it or at least they get to think in this direction with some new thoughts. Sometimes even I wonder why something so basic is so difficult to achieve.

  13. I’d always wanted a daughter. The women in our family are strong who make their own decisions. But I know I am part of a minority.

    But I also know, I can use my education, my “privileged background” to make a difference in lives of girls who are not that fortunate. It has to start with education. It’s education that empowers women and opens up an all new world for them.

    • I always wanted a daughter too. And as you pointed out, we are a minority. We do not reflect the vast nation that is India. But women like us can make a difference in our own small ways — facilitating the education of other girl children, helping some other woman find her feet and in speaking up passionately for the cause of the girl child. Education is the key for girls. Most times, they are rudely denied this right.

  14. I am glad there is change coming to society. Unfortunately, it is too slow to roll back the damage inflicted to our women over centuries. Sad.

  15. Scary situation but one should never lose hope and do what one can to ensure the change of mindset

  16. Hi Rachna this is a very thought provoking post. It is very sad that that even in this modern age there are innumerable people who are guilty of treating a girl child as a burden on the family.Even some of the so called modern women believe that a girl is a burden. I know a very well to do family who send their two boys to reputed schools and the only daughter is studying in a Corporation school. The same old arguement is on their lips’ that she has not to earn. She has to to be married off. What a pity. I am surprised that why this girl is not protesting.

    • Ugh that is horrible Ushaji. Why do this when you have enough money to give the same opportunities to all kids? I hope you keep your distance from this family and also let them know what exactly you think of them. Poor girl who is born to them. I hope when she grows older, she shames them!

  17. The larger India, still needs to change its mindset, and for that, it is important for good education to be made free, easily available. With the kind of schools that are run by the government, there is no hope in hell for anyone to get a good job. So the poorer and rural populace keeps their children away from them, preferring to send them to work to earn a few more rupees. And then marry the girl off. But that costs money – lots of it. So prevent that by doing away with her. In the absence of ultrasound slaughterhouses, villagers strangle their daughters.

    Why do we, the privileged set ‘standards’ for these dos, that makes the poor try and emulate them? And then find that they can’t afford them, so do away with the girl who would be the cause of the expense. And oh, we don’t think twice before insisting that our maid sends a replacement. And when she sends her young daughter, we try to be ‘nice’ to her and give her something to eat, but make sure she dusts behind the sofa…

    Oh, yes, there is a lot that we can do, and it is about time we began.

    Loved this one, Rachna. So what is new? 😀

    • Thank you Zephyr! Absolutely agree with your points. We need to get over our stupidity of heavy expense on marriages, dowry etc. that make the girl a pricey proposition to have. And of course, there are us privileged folks, a woman in every household, who exploits a maid or a baby sitter. I have seen people bring children from villages to do housework. Makes me sick on many counts. Then there are those girls who are employed through agencies. Can at least their education be taken care of? No! They facilitate things in your house and for your kids. But you can’t provide them the bare minimum? All this happens in affluent homes. It is time that the skeletons in our closets be shaken and brought out. Thanks for your insightful comment and appreciation as always!

      • Kaveri on July 26, 2013 at 10:52 am said:

        Oh this one is very evident and all around us 🙁 dont know what we can do about it. The only answer I hear is that they have a *better* life here than in their home.

  18. What you said about the rich needing to change their mentality too is right! How can we expect the poor to change when educated people behave in a regressive manner? And, I have the experience of knowing a couple where it was the woman who grieved about giving birth to a daughter when her husband was actually happy about it!! Her husband openly called her out on that and chastised her, and that gives me hope that change is taking place!

    • True Roshni! Makes me sick! There are women who beat themselves black and blue even when no one else is pointing a finger at them. Why? I know this lady who was going all crazy congratulating me that I had two sons. I glared at her and said that I had wanted a daughter. She said why would anyone want a daughter — It is so much jhanjhat. With that one sentence she abused both me and herself. Such regressive, brainwashed thinking. How does one even communicate with such nimwits?

  19. Rachna the usual trend is that something which is in short supply has increased value but in case of girls it is the opposite.Male hegemony has usurped rights for itself on the basis of sheer strength.All said & done, women fear their violation & are often forced to acquiese.They are stronger mentally & psychologically but not physically.

    • I think it is not so much as physical power but the lack of support and rights that has taken them here. Their value does not increase even with short supply is because they are not decision makers. And where you find them in powerful positions like the family matriarchs or politicians, they feel that they must become like men almost treading their line. Hence women exploit other women when they are higher above. One would expect them to show more empathy but sadly many don’t. Look at the mil-dil relationship or even the lady of the house- housemaid relationship@

  20. Seriously, I don’t know what is wrong with the society. That smirk on the woman’s face says how conscience does not exist. In my society, I know of a woman who has gone on to have four children for the sake of having a boy. First three are girls. But there are people who are changing and breaking the stereotypes too so there is hope however small it may be.

    • I had a close friend in school who were 5 sisters in all :(. The mentality just does not change. At least that woman was poor and was a victim of conditioning. Besides what choice did she have over her own destiny?

  21. good write up. Even if I feel we are living in the darkest era of this century hope never dies. The way u gave solution is good. I just hope and pray more people think about this issue and more n more parents behave like urs 🙂
    Good lck

  22. In most families, now, girls are taking care of their parents than boys. But even now people feel happy to have a male child than a female child. When I was growing up too, my brother was given priority while feeding. Everything was offered to him first.

    I still feel sorry that I don’t have a daughter.

    I see the situation is changing slowly because of education. The girls are standing on their own legs. At least in educated families girl children are not banned.

    Hope for the best!

    Very well written article, Rachna.

    • So sad, Sandhya! And how frustrated you must have felt. How and why do parents do this? I can never understand how you can give birth to your children and yet discriminate. A child is the purest gift one has and what has gender got to do with love? But yes, things are changing all around us. I hope the pace is faster though. Thank you for reading.

  23. Gosh, this scared me. If a mother can strangle her own children, then I shudder to think what can happen next. A very well compiled post, Rachna. There are so many things I take for granted as a woman but posts as these trouble my comfortable psyche. We are often guilty of intellectualising stuff, which you have rightly pointed out.

    Joy always,
    Susan

    • Thank you Susan! Sometimes we need these reality checks to shake us from our comfortable lives. There are many unfortunate ones out there. And in our way, we can help better the status of other women.

  24. nicely written Rachna.
    Somehow our family is full of strong minded women except for few here and there. I did not feel the insecurity that I was born as a girl in our family. It might be mainly because we dont have dowry system and children are educated equally. (but had faced skin colour discrimination though).
    I wish you win this competition. All the best,

    • I never felt the insecurity either, Bhavana! It was much later that I heard the reaction of my nani and it brought a chuckle to me :). If anything, my parents were the fairest people I know. My dad has always been so balanced and liberal in his thinking. Even though he was a high-flying bureaucrat, he was honest and so disciplined. One cannot help but imbibe great things from great parents. But, I never fail to acknowledge how lucky I am in a country where girls can still be discarded like garbage :(. Thank you so much for connecting with the post!

  25. Rachna , I am a convent educated , modern times man , who is well updated and confident about the clarity in thoughts .. born in early 80s .. i still have friends from the same school who are hanging amid … my friend did not mind the first baby girl they had, now they had a second girl hoping for a boy and he asks me should I give it another try? I kept my cool, asked him, 20 years down the line .. life will be different .. dowry and all these things may not exist then.. who knows you two girls may make you feel proud .. He says .. I need to accumulate bare minimum 50 lacs .. within the next 20 years… I feel shocked .. although being a parent to two girls he has become very responsible as he would not drink above limits .. he would make sure he keeps in touch with his family every hr .. but this is not love its insecurity ..
    I feel helpless.. while he says he feels restless when I TALK ILLOGICAL AND IMPRACTICAL ! can u beat that ? The point here i wish to put is – as you mentioned your parents were supportive .. and that made you and your sister who you both are today .. but in 2013 … someone staying in remote areas of Punjab(he has shifted to his native place from Kol) he says , he is being looked down upon by the neighbours and relatives that he and his wife did not get the sex determination test and ended up incurring expenses for future.. most of them who behave so are women themselves ..
    who do we help ?? the male or the female herself ?

    • Very valid points you make, My Say! Sometimes people move out of old mindsets and yet their orthodox relatives and neighbors continue to hound them. We see the classic example of this in the honor killings that happen sometimes even in big cities. It is just so sad. And just like you I feel helpless too. About your friend, raising a girl or a boy is expensive. Providing them a good upbringing and education is very costly today. But what is this nonsense about dowry. My sister and I did not have any downy business when we got married. I find it insulting to both the boy and a girl. And the better thing would be not to marry your girl into such a greedy family. While at it complain to the police as well. I feel very sorry for your friend’s thinking who instead of bringing up his girl as a self-confident and independent girl is talking about toeing the line of old and rotting customs.

      Like I pointed out, brainwashed women are a huge problem in themselves. We can only hope that other liberated men and women can show them some light. Thank you for your detailed comment and for sharing your experiences, MySay!

      • I thank you on the contrary..I could speak my heart out thanks to your words an it gives me a reason why I should rather keep brain washing him and for good .. for if bad can be inculcated so can good be .. and anyways he has a nice man inside him .. he has become so responsible .. he could have been worse like many are doing in the name of Honour Killing !!

        • And in that case, I hope you can continue in your good mindwashing ways. Actually each one of us should try and drill it in our friends. I am sure it will make a difference in some way.

  26. suku07 on July 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm said:

    seriously this is such a big issue…and I am surprised when educated people are majorly a part of this…there was this one incident when I was at a gynaec with my sister…as were waiting for the nurse to administer an injection…another one came in and told her…. “that ward no. 14 has finally delivered….it was a tough one…it’s a miracle she is alive…but when I went out and told her relatives that it is a girl child they made their faces like I just announced someone had died…they did not even bother to ask if the woman was alright or not…all these suit boot babas also behave like our slum men”

    • Absolutely Suku! This stinking mentality especially among the affluent baffles and sickens me. We really continue to be a tribal culture underneath the polish of education and affluence.

  27. The picture of the little girl makes me so sad 🙁

    I don’t know if things will ever change Rachna ! But I sincerely hope it does! Very poignant post!

  28. Diagram in the post shows the complexity of this issue. I don’t think this problem will end in near future, I see many couples around me, of my age, when their wives are pregnant, they want a boy. If this is the case of educated class, settled in US with crores in their accounts, how can we blame the poor?

    That lady or her lack of remorse makes me numb.

    • I created that one, Saru, based on my understanding of the issue. Yes, despite the short supply increasing, it is working to the detriment of girls and increasing their exploitation :(. Exactly, the mentality just doesn’t change despite the affluence. That is so frustrating.

  29. I find it very difficult to even imagine the thought process Rachna! I mean I can imagine – though absolutely do not vibe with – the preference for sons for those who expect to rely on their progeny’s earnings and support in their old age and live in a situation where their daughters may not be free to do so. But, even there, this callous killing and, more shockingly, the utter lack of guilt is unimaginable – we would be ashamed to kill someone to inherit their money but not if we kill someone in order to ensure what we think is our future security? And where even this need does not exist I really cannot see it as anything other than depraved behavior.

    • I agree Suresh! I really really find it so difficult to understand this behavior. Being a parent, I cannot imagine how someone could be so inhuman as to strangle and kill their own flesh and blood. Being a human being, it fails me how perfectly decent human beings can become monsters. And yet, this is a reality of our society, what girls and women (those who live) face everyday! Wish there were some easy solutions to this menace!

  30. The helplessness of women in having to participate in the killing of their own children is heartbreaking, Rachna. Women like you and me are so blessed in our family and circumstances. There are no easy solutions, but we can all do our bit to educate the girl child – if only to help the future generation become more independent.

    • Kaveri on July 29, 2013 at 1:32 pm said:

      Corinne, the fact that a lady accepts that she is “Helpless” makes her do things like this. That is the root of all these problems.

    • Yes, you and I are indeed blessed. I feel very sorry for those who never had the opportunity to feel in control of their lives or had education and people to truly cherish them. But, I feel frustrated with the educated elite — the women who can make a change but are slaves to their mentality and closed mindsets. Those who actually enjoy pulling down another woman! I hope that they turn a new leaf!

  31. God! I cant get the picture of that woman out of my head… smiling and sharing about strangling her own child!! And 8 of them!! What world we are living in!! Education and awareness is the key to bring about this much needed change in our mindsets!!

    • I agree Shilpa! Her visage disturbed me though I can’t help but think that she is the victim of her own circumstances. She would have to kill all her emotions to do something so heinous.

  32. It is a very sad state of affairs! But sulking over it won’t help. I am sometimes sceptical if eduating the masses is actually bringing out a change in their outlook? Seriously, what is witht the obsession?

    • Stuti, I don’t know what is the way forward. But I feel that education can bring about economic independence and hopefully such women can take a stand against doing something that is forced upon them. Think about it. What can a hapless, uneducated woman do? It is difficult for you and me to understand but centuries of brainwashing is sometimes difficult to walk away from. Thank you so much for reading.

  33. For how long shall we remain imprisoned by the history of our recent past?

    We learnt to push our women behind closed doors, put them under a veil when violations of women became the norm due to invading muslim/mangol/moghuls. India was known for learned women like Gargee, Maitreyi….

    How long will we continue to subjugate our women. A society cannot progress till it cannot respect its women. On one hand we pray to Maa Durga and on the other hand we violate women? There cannot be a bigger irony than this.

    Today, India is independent. It is time we empower our women and bring them out of their veils.

    • Absolutely Sabyasachi! Well said! I hope both men and women (privileged ones) come out in support of women to get their rights of equality, education and dignity. Let us begin by first giving her a right to live!

  34. That woman really gave me the creeps. She was smiling! I am assuming she must have gone insane to proudly say that she strangled her babies with her own hands. It’s an ugly situation. What hurts me the most is seeing educated people dreaming of a good husband for their daughters and a good job for their sons. It’s pathetic. I am fortunate to be born to parents who don’t think so. What saddens me is the fact that such families are a minority. Even people who love their daughters accumulate money for their dowry and keep talking of marriage to their daughters. The result is young women who grow up desiring every man they see. It’s a vicious circle I would say.
    Thanks for writing this. 🙂

    • Thank you for reading, DC! I swear I was thinking about you this morning hoping that you’d read this post :). Yes, the whole thinking is crazy! Even in liberal families, a daughter has to be married off. Arre, why not teach her to enjoy her life and also get married if something comes along. Let her cherish her life. And this dowry business is such piece of crap.

      • I feel flattered! 😀
        Blogger went bonkers for a couple of days. I lost all the blogs I was following but since I know your url very well, just came in to check if you had posted anything new. I found I had missed quite a bit. Thankfully, blogger is back to its harmless self and I got my list back. Was planning to seek help for it on your FB page!

  35. Being a father of a baby girl, I am disgusted by the mere fact that people have ‘preferences’ when they are expecting a baby. We have killed too many women. It is similar to the senseless cutting of trees. We are killing the very source of life. It shows how much we need to grow up.

  36. All the best for the contest 🙂

  37. Too Good 🙂 Good Luck 🙂

  38. Rachana, Very good. I like you because your response to each comment

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