As I mentioned yesterday, the strongest part of Kishwar Desai´s novel, Witness the Night, was the insight in the lives of Indian women.
Two quotations from the book which show you that there are still millions of girls and women out there who need our encouragement and support. Women who need us to speak up for them and remind them they are just as unique and valuable as everybody else on this planet.
“Trying to be a girl is not easy. There are few comforts that you are born with or can achieve. I know, they dress you in frocks and put ribbons in your hair, bangles on your arms, anklets on your feet, teach you to sing and dance and bake cakes, but what about the Inside-you? The Outside-you can smile and cut vegetables and sit with legs crossed and say ´namaste auntie´ but the Inside-you is always angry and looking out of the window and wanting to run with the Boys.”
But this is not the worst part. Here is one quotation (of several examples) about the chances of survival if you happen to be the wrong sex:
“I remembered the story of a woman in Tamil Nadu who confessed that she tried to kill her daughter by not nursing her. Then, tired of the sound of the baby crying, she took some poisonous juice from an oleander flower, mixed it with castor oil, and forced it down the child´s throat. Eventually the crying stopped.”