My mother was tortured for having me, a girl...

Vanishing Girls

My name is Priyanka. There were four women who were pregnant at the same time, three women in my neighbourhood and the fourth being my mother.

However, the other three women had given birth to boys and my mother gave birth to me. This disappointed everyone in my family and the most disappointed was my paternal grandmother. My grandmother who used to dote on my mother once upon a time, starting disliking my mother vehemently and would torture her either through my father or by herself, soon after my birth as I was a girl.  

When I was a little girl, I would be denied food and even milk on many occasions, was not given good clothes to wear and lived an isolated life. As I started to grow up, no one asked me if I wanted to study and go to school, however my older brother was given all the rights and privileges of studying and going for tuitions. I would manage to study whatever I could by going to the homes of my nearby friends. Somehow I managed to study on my own and completed my graduation.

However, my grandmother fell very sick and during her last days, she told me that the son whom she loved so much all her life didn’t stand by her during her illness, but me who she has always loathed and treated so badly has taken such good care of her. She asked me for forgiveness for treating me so badly all these years because she considered me to be a gem at the end of it all.  Soon after that, I got married into a good family and my younger sister has been given all the rights and privileges of studying and is currently pursuing a career as a marketing manager.

Vanishing Girls is a campaign initiated by ADF India to raise awareness against the practise of sex-selective abortions and to advocate for effective implementation of the Pre-Conception Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994.
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