“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness”- Desmond Tutu.
Before I started out on the #AtoZChallenge, at the time I was choosing an appropriate theme, I decided I will write positive things about India. A country that is so incredible must be spoken about and, a few of its unknown facets must be shared with the world. We are one of those countries rich in culture, heritage, regions and people and I feel good to blog about it.
But for the past two days, I have been immensely disturbed by a little newspaper report. This news snippet left me with a sullen feeling. As I sat staring at the newspaper this morning, the greatness and marvel of the country seemed to lose its sheen in front of my eyes. And I realized, behind the veil of our culture, hides this one big venomous snake that just doesn’t seem to be getting out of our society. Yet again, his fangs have snuffed out another young girl’s life.
On Wednesday afternoon, 27 year old Himanshi Kashyap was found dead with a single bullet shot on her head, in the bathroom of her Ghaziabad residence. She was the daughter a former minister in Uttar Pradesh. Himanshi’s father has alleged that her husband’s family constantly abused her over their demands for a car and Rs. 50 lakh cash in dowry. Himanshi, a post-graduate was married to Sagar, who is pursuing his higher studies in medicine, three years ago. The couple has a son aged one-and-a-half years. With prima facie evidence indicating abuse and violence (Himanshi had burn marks on her neck and bluish-black marks over her eye); the police and their team are yet to file a charge sheet.
It just makes me wonder. Despite all the advancements we seem to be making in almost every field, why is it that we are yet to eradicate dowry from our country? How many more Hiamanshi’s would lose their lives, before we wake up as a large and embrace a positive change?
Hope and hope is all that I have.