New year, new light
A very happy new year to all my readers, though the way the year ended there was little to cheer about. A parent losing a young child to someone's sick act is heart wrenching. I can feel the mother's pain who held her daughter's dead body while the whole world was making plans for the new year. My heart goes out to all parents who have felt helpless and torn trying to save their children from crime and its aftermath. Parents whose children have innocently become the victims of sick minded people and their sick ways. There is no greater sorrow for a parent than to carry his own child's dead body. May God give us all the strength to make this world a better place for our kids. Girl or Boy, the least we can give them is a healthy and safe environment to grow and live.
On a brighter note, it's heartening to see more and more people waking up to reality and joining hands to make our streets safer for women. This safety should be extended to our homes too where most rapes and sexual abuse cases happen at the hands of men we know. Fathers, uncles, neighbours. Men we trust. Men we grow up with. Men we look at as role models. Men we think will protect us. And it must be the biggest betrayal when our protectors become hunters.
I cannot bear to think of the look in a child's eye when his own parent or someone whom he considers his protector, approaches him with sin on his mind. I cannot even begin to think what goes on in a child's mind then. It surely shakes up a child's world forever. His very idea of trust comes crashing and the hurt of a loved one betraying them is far more than the physical act itself.
We parents cannot be blamed of being paranoid in today's times. If my paranoia keeps my daughter safe, I am ready to be called paranoid. We need to be on guard 24/7. No blind trust in anyone. Being cautious has its benefits even if you appear senile to others.
We can train our own children about gender equality, equip them in self defence, and warn them about the ways of the world but we cant predict or control the behaviour of other sick minds prevailing in society. It's like this. I may follow all the safety rules on the road but I may meet with an accident and lose my life just because someone else didn't follow the rules.
Hope the new year brings a new light which can wipe out all the evils of crimes infesting our society. Let this light shine upon every family so that it can raise happier and well rounded kids. Kids who will grow up and shape a healthier society where no woman will ever need to fear a man. Where every man knows and believes that there isn't anything manly in outraging a woman's modesty. Respecting and nurturing her is!
Till my next post. You can write to me at http://mammamania.in
More about Shabia Ravi Walia
Shabia Ravi Walia is a media professional for the past 15 years. Dabbling in production, creative direction and writing, she has equal experience in both genres of fiction and non fiction. Over the years she has worked on various reputed non fiction shows like Surabhi and The Good Food Guide for Siddharth Kak, Movers and Shakers on Sony TV and well known fiction shows like Siddhanth, Kumkum, Ek thi Rajkumari, Mile Jab Hum Tum etc. She was amongst the core team who launched Sahara Samay in Mumbai for Sahara Television.
She satiates her love for writing by providing content for websites, copywriting for corporate films and penning down short skits and poems.
Currently Shabia works in the content division of a leading television channel. However her biggest achievement till date as considered by her, is the birth of her baby Sia and penning down the experiences associated with it in the form of her bestselling book 'Mamma Mania.' When Shabia is not rustling up stories, she loves to whip up a storm in the kitchen or put on her dancing shoes and burn the dance floor. Shabia lives in Mumbai with her husband Ravi and daughter Sia and is already planning her 2nd book.