Ode to the unborn
Tu Kaisi Maa- a play on cancer organized by Urvashi Dance Music Art and Cultural Society with YOUWECAN was organised at Chinmay Mission, Lodhi Road in the Capital on December 18. Directed and performed by Kathak exponent Rekha Mehra, Rekha Mehra, the play on disappearing daughters was a dance ballet on women empowerment with visual effects in background.
Kanya Bhrun hatya(female feticide)is a process of aborting perfectly healthy fetuses after about 18 weeks (or more) of gestation just because they are females.
The occasion was graced by eminent personalities like Vijay Goel- Rajya Sabha MP Satish Upadhyay- State(Delhi) President, BJP Shabnam Singh- (Cricketer Yuvraj Singh's Mother) K.K.Miital-
Additional Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Radha Mohan- Agricultural Minister.
“We should bring an end to the violence that kills women, be it before birth, child abuse or domestic violence. These incidents threatens to remove the mask of modernity as we still remain in primitive society rooted in inequality and polarised by class, caste and religion” said Rekha Mehra.
The play talked about how the rape culture has rocked India due to inequality and due to traditions of embedded violence. Women are wonderful daughters, sisters, wives, and mothers. They should be loved, cared, respected and should be protected, she added.
Education is a powerful tool for women. The play delves into improvement of women's image, acceptance of family planning and women empowerment.
Days are not far, when there may be a situation where brides will not be available for marriage as a result of female feticide. Let alone the issue of maintaining the lineage. India has a long way to go in her fight against pre-birth elimination of females. Time is quickly ticking away.