In Maharashtra, New-Born Baby Girls Are Called ‘Unwanted’. Literally
- IWB Post
- December 5, 2015
It is no secret that India has a patriarchal society.
Unable to bear the fact, that a “baby Lakshmi” will be gracing their homes, many Indians succumb to the wrongful practices of female infanticide and foeticide.
However, with the new laws put in place by the Government, a chunk of the Maharashtran population has come up with a new way to degrade the status of girls.
They name their newborn daughters as “Nakusha”, which means “unwanted”. They do not even bother to christen the child with a proper name. All unplanned and unwanted baby girls are simply termed as Nakusha.
They are quite literally the discarded.
Seeking to challenge mindsets, the local government held a naming ceremony for these so-called ‘unwanted’ girls.
As part of BBC’s 100 Women project, 3 young girls were interviewed about their experiences, their dreams and how their lives have changed since they were rechristened.