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Monday, March 19, 2012

Sporsho visits SOS village: A report

We made the difference.

“Akka tea!” smiled Vishakha as she offered me a warm cup of tea. Her infectious smile and the warmth in her voice made the tea even more enjoyable. “I study MPC in a college in Nizamabad” continued Vishakha , “I only get to see my little sisters in the holidays. I so wish to spend more time with them but have to go away after the college reopens.” The sadness of missing her family was inevitable. She kept on talking about her little siblings who were playing around us, in a motherly affection.

We, the BiHians were at the Hyderabad chapter of SOS Children’s Village. Their representative Praveen explained us , most of these children here are double orphans. They live in a group of around 12 in a single house under the loving care of a trained lady who is “mother” to these children staying together. They grow up together with love and affection for each other and receive education till they are grown up enough to face the tough world alone.

As we knocked the door, we were welcomed with twinkling eyes and shy smiles. A whole world of happiness unfolded before us. When a 5 year old was asked “Tumhara naam kya hai?” He replied promptly “ My name is Shiva.” We were soon drenched into their aura. We bonded with Vamsi, Padma, Sushila, Vaisnavi and their brothers and sisters. We played with them, sang with them, danced with them, teased them and laughed a lot. They showed us around their house, the neatly made beds, the clean cupboards, the worship place in an animated manner. The happiness which was reflecting all over them was unimaginable. They took us to meet their friends living in other houses.The way they were holding our hands was heavenly. They were so happy by just slipping their wee feet into a high heel, by holding a camera , by riding a bike or by putting on a sun glass for a while.They showed us how we can be really happy with only the basics of life; how we can share our happiness with others; how it is to love others. They perhaps taught us a magical way of life.

“Ke Ham Tak Tumhaari Duwa Aa Rahi Thi.....” The melodious voice of Lata Mangeskar was buzzing from the audio system as we were coming back from SOS Village. I felt the golden touch of the kids has enriched me from within. I realised the value of life the day Sporsho visited SOS Village. The voice of Vishakha still echoes in my ears the way she said with dreamy eyes and in a determinant voice that she wants to be a pilot as she grows up. Come let us join hands with Sporsho and try to make them smile again in the very little way we can.

Let me ask you today “Have you felt blessed lately?”

Monday, January 23, 2012

Rape : Whose fault is it anyways?

When a girl is raped whose fault is this girl's or the person who has raped her?

About Victims

  1. 44% of victims are under age 18 
  2. 80% are under age 30 

Sexual Assault Numbers

  1. Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted 
  2. There is an average of 207,754 victims (age 12 or older) of sexual assault each year 

Sexual Assault in Numbers

Reporting to Police

  1. 60% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police 
  2. 15 of 16 rapists will never spend a day in jail 

About Rapists

  1. Approximately 2/3 of assaults are committed by someone known to the victim 
  2. 38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance 

Who is responsible for this? Why women are this much insecure in this world?

When a girl/woman gets raped she became the black icon for whole world even in her own house.... Parents feel ashamed/scared because of the society,surroundings....... no one willing to marry her.... she is banned from every institution/every kind of activities as she becomes impure soul........ But the guy the responsible one moves on like a free bird.... He never ever feels guilty not by himself or by surroundings..... Why a criminal is free and not punished by surroundings only because he is a guy? Law/police everything is there but tell me how many such incidents come forward and deeply investigated with honest verdict..............................