Recently during my research viva, my external asked me to mention in one sentence how I, as a member of the media and society would help in reducing the number of smokers in India. The answer I gave was ‘Your parents wanted the best for you. Don’t you want the same for your kids?’ I stressed on the fact how smoking can affect one’s future generations and their babies. But I wonder how I would explain it to people like baby Afreen’s parents, who not just didn’t want the best for their daughter but didn’t want the daughter at all.
I wonder how her father could so brutally murder her that he didn’t even give her the chance to enjoy the rights she was entitled to. What would have twisted his mind so much that his crave for a son enabled him to brutally assault and kill his own daughter? His very own flesh and blood. Couldn’t he just glance at those innocent eyes that would look after him much better than a son would have during his old days? Hadn’t Afreen got his finger even once in between her tiny fingers, and wouldn’t he have silently promised to look after her from all odds? Wouldn’t she have smiled her innocent smile at least once melting her father’s heart?
Or was her father’s heart so cruel and taken aback due to the lack of a son that all these seemed irrelevant to him? Maybe he was unaware that it was because of him that Afreen turned out to be Afreen and not Afridi! Maybe he felt a son would look after him a lot better than a daughter would. Maybe he would have been right. But he didn’t even give a chance to Afreen to choose whether to look after her parents or to walk on her own. I wonder how all these still prevail in a so called ‘democratic’ country where everyone is entitled to certain rights which they have the right to enjoy.
RIP Afreen and I hope at least in your next birth you get parents who deserve you. Who would look after you like an angel. Like the love of their life.
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