The female in Indian culture is considered a goddess and is hailed as ‘lucky’, the ‘Laxmi’ of the house.
The Hindu religion worships many female deities such as ‘Durga’, ‘Sarawati’ and ‘Parvati’.
Yet, female infanticide is a serious issue in India. An estimated three million girls are ‘lost’ according to the Indian government.
Incidents of finding murdered baby girls are all too rife in India.
As an example, a new born baby girl was found buried alive in a forest earlier this year. She was alive when discovered, but did not survive.
To raise awareness on female infanticide and women empowerment, Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo has been touring India.
Salman Khan, the founder of the charity ‘Being Human Foundation’, spoke out against female infanticide.
Supporting Olivia Culpo’s campaign, Salman Khan stated at a press conference: "If I ever have a child… Inshallah I will... I wish it's a girl. I want a girl child,"
The female in South Asian culture is not just considered a goddess but is also considered a ‘burden’, a ‘parayi’- a stranger not belonging to the family.
She is considered the ‘honour’ of the house with family pride and reputation invested in her.
But the ‘honour’ can become quickly become social stigma if the daughter does not comply within familial rules.
These social factors prevent people from celebrating the birth of a daughter.
It is when Bollywood stars make positive use of their star power, to raise awareness, to target the ignorance and wrongs of society, that social change for the better becomes a brighter ray of hope.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS