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Let the Healing begin

I want every individual to wake up to a world:

Where a wife feels safe at the hands of her husband and in-laws,

Where a husband celebrates the talents of his wife rather than feeling challenged by them,

And knows that by being abusive to his better-half makes him not macho but beast,

Where a child heart doesn’t quiver at the sight of violence at home,

Where the mothers teach their sons that manliness lies in quashing away the urge of violence by sheer force of humanity and to respect female come what may,

Where the daughters are taught that their vulnerability is their asset indeed,

And that knight in shining armor is their belief in themselves.

For only peaceful and violence-free homes can translate into peaceful communities, societies and thus countries at large. This is my vision for a better and peaceful world. We the women have been blessed with a spirit imbued with phenomenal strength to bring on everlasting positive changes in our lives and as well as in others. We have nothing to prove to others but to ourselves.

At every stage of our life-cycle; be it when we are our parents’ daughters, our brothers’ sisters, our husband’s wives, our children’s mothers, mother-in-laws to our sons’ wives, we can put a full stop to the vicious circle of violence against women by upholding the values of equality, justice and humanity above our egos, insecurities and human vices at all times. Somehow by our silence, apathy and complacence, we become equally culpable in crimes against women. Origin of most of such crimes lies in the homes of the perpetrators.

I have seen in my community and in my personal life, the unfortunate tendency of women irrespective of their education and social class to derive pleasure and a sort of satisfaction from the sufferings and torture of other women. It is very sad but true. This can be well-illustrated by the fact that when a woman becomes a mother-in-law she starts debasing and tormenting her daughter-in-law in the same way or even worse than she was treated by her mother-in-law. This sick mentality of vengeance has to be crushed for once and all because it is sabotaging the intrinsic goodness of womanhood and depleting its strength.

When every female makes a conscientious decision to do whatever it takes in her capacity to voice out the wrongs being done to her or to those around her, then the masochistic thinking ingrained in the minds of females by their family would be rendered useless. When every woman stands up for another, the positive forces unleashed by this marvelous human-shield can bring the blissful healing to the ruptured female fabric of the human society.

The twist and turns that I have encountered in this journey of life have firmed up my faith in the vision. The realization of this vision calls for grand sensitization program on mass level in the developing societies. A substantial part of this program would focus on familiarizing and sensitizing females about the domestic evils that exist and thrive within the boundaries of their homes and sometime within themselves so that they are able to pick-up their rights from wrongs. Males of all classes have to be taught that masculinity begins and ends at humanity. What a better way to orchestrate this into a universal sensitization campaign than by being a Voices of Our Correspondent. It has the potential to play an indispensable role in this endeavor as it provides ample opportunities and a conducive environment to transform one’s constructive thought-process into meaningful and effective action by utilizing the experience, expertise and unwavering support of this wonderful community of World Pulse. I have found it to be more than a confluence of change-agents and thought-leaders.

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Sharontina's picture

Prove

Dear Amina,

We have nothing to prove to others but to ourselves. I just love that. Yes and you are proving it through your powerful writing.

Regards

Merlin Sharontina

Amina_3's picture

Thank you Sharontina

Hi Sharontina,

Thank you so much for your uplifting and kind words.

Warm regards,
Amina

Taha Mirani's picture

Blessings

You are an inspiration, Aminah. Salute your strength. God help you achieve everything you have long been waiting for.

Wish you the best.

Love

Taha Mirani

Amina_3's picture

Thanks Taha

Hi Taha,

Thank you so much for grand appreciation.

Warm regards,
Amina

Cassady's picture

I love this!

Amina,
I think you have touched on so many important points, and expressed them all very succinctly and eloquently too. What a wonderful insight (I am echoing Sharontina above) about proving to ourselves and to no one else. It is true, before we look outward for change, we have to look inward. Thank you for sharing!

Cassady
www.worldschildren.org

Amina_3's picture

Thank you Cassady

Hi Cassady,

I am so grateful for your encouragement.

Warm regards,
Amina

William's picture

Let the healing begin

Dear Amina, thank you for sharing your article. I have a son-in-law from Kerala, India and have met many people here in the U.S. who are from India. The Indian people are beautiful, loving and hospitable. I know about caste and how this horrible part of Indian culture abuses women from the moment they are born, unless they are high caste. Still, I agree with your insightfulness about sensitivity training for males and females in India. It can happen if you and others recruit support from influential males before you begin. Please keep me posted about your progress. Blessings,
William

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Thank you William

Hi William,

I am grateful for your kind and valuable feedback.

Warm regards,
Amina

Theresa's picture

Journey of Life

Powerful entry, thank you for sharing your story with us.

I absolutely love this:

"At every stage of our life-cycle; be it when we are our parents’ daughters, our brothers’ sisters, our husband’s wives, our children’s mothers, mother-in-laws to our sons’ wives, we can put a full stop to the vicious circle of violence against women by upholding the values of equality, justice and humanity above our egos, insecurities and human vices at all times."

I have traveled to India twice, with work, so not much involved on a social level that I would have preferred. I wrote an article on the design of India after interviewing several firms and I gathered that there is such a dichotomy of standards across regions. Such a gorgeous culture you have and the kindest people I have ever met, yet these things exist against women in the shadows like so often is true with all women in every culture. Your voice is starting to be heard, I read it in the news every week and this brings hope to women everywhere.

Keep sharing and believing in the hope and peace for a better world. Sometimes just takes one voice to change the minds of many.

Kindest regards,

Theresa VE

Amina_3's picture

Thank you Theresa

Hi Theresa,

I am so thankful to you for going through my post and sharing your thoughts. Your encouraging words have elevated my spirit.

Warm regards,
Amina

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