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Death of a baby girl

by Uttam Gill (writer), BOMBAY(MUMBAI), April 17, 2012

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Shocking death of three month old baby brutally battered by his own father. She suffered cardiac arrest and with brain damage. she slipped into coma and subsequently died.Why this happens?

I have been restraining myself to confront the argument, put forth by an individual about women, which was in very bad taste. I decided to maintain distance from the outrageous commentary. However that shocking piece of incongruous write up kept me very restless. The content of belligerence, in its most expletive expose, wrecked my heart with revulsion. His audacious and repugnant views on women dragged my patience to the edges. I just wondered that how he could say such obnoxious things about women. And then with horror I read the news of death of three month old baby girl Neha Afreen. I realised that the deep seated hatred towards woman is not developed in one day; rather it is acquired and structured in the formative stage only. I also understood that at the bedlam of infectious indoctrination, devil nurtures a devil. Yes the same devil; who battered his baby so brutally and mercilessly, that she died day before yesterday.

Let me share with you a shocking death of Neha Afreen- a three month old baby brutally battered by her own father. She suffered cardiac arrest and with brain damage she slipped into coma. Baby’s father, 22 year old Umar Farooq battered the head of a baby, bitten her on the back and also with lit cigarette burnt her body.

So shocking is the news and also so revealing is the derogatory commentary on woman and I infer from this that there is a simmering hatred towards females. How can I call my country and culture as great? I just cannot live with a false sense of self is difficult to digest. My country is lacking drastically in protecting females. From the infancy stage to old age they are subjected to humiliations and still this can be observed in draconian practice and beliefs of our society. The female infanticide is alarmingly very high and in my state (Punjab) it has imbalanced the sex ratio.

I do not wish to hold an arrogance of belief, that whatever we do is the best. I hang my face in shame on seeing such shocking state of affair in my country. I don’t hold the crowing attitude of male chauvinism. I refuse to plough a line on a derogatory belief, where women are looked upon with disrespect, where baby girls are brutally battered...where even educated men too so loudly claim the supremacy over the male. I condemn each and every act of those which degrades our women.

The death of Neha Afreen, a baby girl, reflects the sordid affair of our society. It reflects the mindset and I am not at all comfortable with this.

I do not have vindictive adjective to define such cruel male, but I have the power of my reasons, to be as sane as I can because I am born by a woman and I am a father of a daughter too.

To hell with all those men who consider women as inferior.

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Uttam Gill is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By Uttam Gill on April 17, 2012 at 10:17 am


1.Yes the same devil; who battered her baby-For her read his brutally battered by his own father-For his read her

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By Anastasia on April 17, 2012 at 05:28 pm

Uttam, when it comes to this sort of thing I’m a complete coward; your headline is enough for me. I’m so glad, though, that you have flagged it up.

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By Barbara MacDonald on April 17, 2012 at 06:29 pm

For many years as you know I have worked with the survivors of all kinds of abuse...and yes there are times I do not think my heart can handle any more...but I also strongly believe that people can move past this and through the pain...I have chosen to walk with them on this journey... also being a survivor in every sense of the word has given me credibility with them...I agree with Anna, thank you for flagging this...evil grows in secrets and silence...we must shine a light on it...

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By Bessie Jewel on April 17, 2012 at 06:31 pm

Thanks for your article and the generosity of your emotions.

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By Uttam Gill on April 18, 2012 at 09:12 am

Thanks Anastasia...We just cannot be a mute spectator

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By Uttam Gill on April 18, 2012 at 09:19 am

Thanks Barb….Barb I know you are so thickly involved in social work and you have been rendering great service to such people...Awakening should not result into only highlighting the things…it also lies in firm action to deal with such violators firmly...The exemplary punishment to perpetrator of crime is the only solution…

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By Uttam Gill on April 18, 2012 at 09:26 am

Thanks Bessie...We all have responsibility...It is with a sense of responsibility I have pen down this article...Let we all be generous with emotion and that's how it leads to be responsible…In what ever way we can share our responsibility, we must do it. Around the world people are doing it…That’s how there is no anarchy…Still a lot more to be done.

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By Barbara MacDonald on April 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Yes Uttam, firm action must be taken and the perpetrators brought to task...also education and therapy for those who have been survivors so that they are able to rise above and break this pattern of abuse in their lives...

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