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That horrendous night can’t be rinsed off from my memory. It has left a lasting imprint on my mind and soul.  My friend and I were caught in that fuss which took my friend’s life and left me numb. I tried to help my friend till I started bleeding, but couldn’t support her much and she was dishonoured to my dismay.

 

What was our mistake? Was being out at midnight and catching a bus to reach our destination our fault? Was being a girl her mistake? Was I at fault that I wasn’t able to protect her from those beasts? Whom do I blame? Or hadn’t we been there at that time then she would have been alive.

I get goosefleshes whenever that night comes across my mind.

 

Well, the justice has been done, but not completely. One of the main accused was sentenced only for 3years coz he was juvenile. Was the offense that trivial that the guy was left with such an easy punishment? How can he be juvenile if he had those balls of committing that atrocious crime? But, our law has been made like that. I just wish that people become more sensible towards our women and stop harassing them any way. Torturing and outraging the honour of women is worse than murdering someone.

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Female Infanticide in Usilampatti:

It is very sorry to note you that it remains still in Tamilnadu. Sex ratio was defeated alarmingly. The communities which are practicing female infanticide never feel that it is a big sin but it is socially justified. Cent percent case studies of our WED Trust witnessed that second girl child is disliked by the parental families so that they can be terminated after birth. John-Thor Dahlburg points out, (in \"Where killing baby girls \'is no big sin\',\" The Los Angeles Times [in The Toronto Star, February 28, 1994.]) that in the nearly 300 poor hamlets of the Usilampatti area of Tamil Nadu [state], as many as 196 girls died under suspicious circumstances [in 1993] He listed some methods of killing that melted the hearts. Some were fed dry, unhulled rice that punctured their windpipes, or were made to swallow poisonous powdered fertilizer. Others were smothered with a wet towel, strangled or allowed to starve to death.\"  It is unhappy to accept that above told modes were true. Now, local communities discovered the female baby in the mothers’ womb through sex scanning and then they do abortion.

Second girls:

           Most of the mothers who gave second female baby birth have been highly forced by their bridal family to do female infanticide although they like to keep the cute girl babies. If the mother saves the life of her second daughter and keeps well, bridal family deserted her or claims some additional dowry. Neighbor families and local community believed that having more girl children in the family is a curse and they ill treated them.

Roots:

Gender injustice and female bias was the main root cause for this evil practice. Big dowry paying for the young women when she is getting marriage is causing fear for the couples who are having more than one daughter. Female children are not treated as heir of their family. Religious values are playing vital role in gender bias. As per Hindu rituals, funeral ceremony could not performed by women. Father who has only girl children is unable to go for heaven. It is believed that his soul remains in the dark hole of earth.

Efforts of State Government:

Tamilnadu state government enacted Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PNDT) 1994 to control the child sex detection scanning and formed monitoring committee at District level. It introduced cradle scheme for the girl children. Parents who is willing to do female infanticide can lay the girl baby in the cradle. State Government will look after it. Money is awarded for the young women under Marriage assistance scheme etc.,

Solution:

WED Trust believed that gender equity practice in each family will dissolve the issue and eliminate female infanticide practice. Promote higher education and improve the vocational skill of the young women will enable them to have dignity and stand on their own feet. Women right education will enable them to claim practice and enjoy their human rights. Entitling immovable properties and share/partition the family endowments and properties will equip women to hold their good position in community and society. Women should perform the rituals and last ceremony for their parents will empower them to win heir/ successor of her own parents. Reactions against dowry and domestic violence will safe guard them.

Women are on the way of empowerment. Now girl babies are safe in the hands of them. No more gendercide tomorrow.

“Men and Women are Different but Equal”

---- Dharma Neethi. M,Sc., BL.,

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Poverty and the all-consuming fretting that comes with it require so much mental energy that the poor have little brain power left to devote to other areas of life, according to the findings of an international study published on Thursday.

The mental strain could be costing poor people up to 13 IQ (intelligence quotient) points and means they are more likely to make mistakes and bad decisions that amplify and perpetuate their financial woes, researchers found.

\"Our results suggest that when you are poor, money is not the only thing in short supply. Cognitive capacity is also stretched thin,\" said Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan, part of an international team that conducted the study.

In a series of experiments, researchers from Harvard, Princeton and other universities in North America and from Britain\'s University of Warwick found that pressing financial worries had an immediate impact on poor people\'s ability to perform well in cognitive and logic tests.

Far from signalling that poor people are stupid, the results suggest those living on a tight budget have their effective brain power, or what the researchers called \"mental bandwidth\", dramatically limited by the stress of making ends meet.

On average, someone weighed down by money woes showed a drop in cognitive function in one part of the study that was comparable to a 13 point dip in IQ, and similar to the performance deficit expected from someone who has missed a whole night\'s sleep.

\"Previous views of poverty have blamed (it) on personal failings, on an environment that is not conducive to success,\" said Jiaying Zhao, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Canada.

\"We are arguing that the lack of financial resources itself can lead to impaired cognitive function,\" she said.

Eldar Shafir, a professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton who worked on the research team, said it was not stress in general, but financial worries in particular, that led to a reduced ability to make sound decisions.

\"The poor are often highly effective at focusing on and dealing with pressing problems,\" he said. \"But they don\'t have leftover bandwidth to devote to other tasks. \"So, if you live in poverty, you\'re more error prone and errors cost you more dearly -- it\'s hard to find a way out.\"

The researchers studied two very different groups - shoppers at a mall in New Jersey in the United States, and sugar cane farmers in rural India.

In the mall study, they gathered dozens of low and middle-income shoppers and subjected them to a battery of tests to measure IQ and impulse control.

Half of the participants were first asked to think about what they would do if their car broke down and the repair cost $1,500 - designed to kick off worries about money. It was among these people that performance dipped significantly.

In India, the researchers found that farmers had diminished cognitive performance before getting paid for their harvest compared to afterwards, when their coffers have been replenished.

\"One month after the harvest, they\'re pretty rich, but the month before - when the money has run out - they\'re pretty poor,\" Mullainathan said in a report of the research, which was published on Thursday in the journal Science.

\"What we see is that IQ goes up, (when they are rich)... errors go way down, and response times go way down.\"

He said the effect in India was about two-thirds the size of the effect in the mall study - equal to around nine or 10 IQ points difference from one month to the next.

 

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/Poverty-reduces-brain-power-US-India-study/articleshow/22151485.cms

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We see loads of differences around us,

Few are sitting in luxurious cars, and others are sitting on footpaths

Thinking about them creates an inner ordeal,

Coz differences are huge which fill your eyes with tears.

 

Some kids are feasting on delicacies,

Whereas many are starving for even one meal.

Some are playing with expensive toys,

Whereas many are eating a meal after selling those toys.

 

Few are wasting the food coz it’s tasteless,

And many are feeding themselves even from garbage.

Sleeping on cozy bed would give us comfort,

But few are those who spend night on road which hurts.

 

One is sitting inside big house with full of warmth and protection,

Other is on the road struggling with life with people’s hatred reaction.

These immense differences brings crime,

Coz extremely poor’s are unable to cope up with time.

 

Can we make little effort for them?

Contributing 1% won’t make us wretched

Try thinking of touching such people lives,

As this is the only way of finding paradise.

 

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For many children in India education is a distant dream. But Om Foundation in Noida is a ray of hope for those who want to study but have no funds.

Afflicted by polio, life for 6-year-old Rohit has not been easy. His family moved to Noida from Balia in Uttar Pradesh a few years ago to ensure that Rohit can have access to better medical care. Rohit's father is a daily wage-earner and the family leads a hand to mouth existence in a tiny room. Everything that he earns goes towards Rohit's treatment, and the thought of educating Rohit was a distant dream. "I thought his life was over. We had given up all hope of him ever having a normal life," Rohit's father said.

However, Om Foundation, a school located in the Hoshiarpur village of Noida, came to the rescue of Rohit\\\'s family. The school provides free education to children who belong to families living below the poverty line.

The school was founded 11 years ago and initially had only 20 students. Today the school is educating over 300 students and has an attrition rate of less than 3 per cent. And for most young minds at Om Foundation, this has been the first step to a bright future.

Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/noida-school-provides-free-education-to-300-underprivileged-children/419044-3-242.html