The times when a kid has to worry which city is safe!

How fast we are making kids forget smiling! It’s high time that we come out and stop this.

As a fervent traveller around the country, having visited most of the megalopolises, often I have been asked to elucidate on those places which I had visited. The queries time and again revolved around some of the aspects like beauty, development, fashion, modernity, people etc of those places. However during my recent visit to my ancestral home for a wedding, I have been asked by a fifteen-year-old girl, a question that left me in thoughts.

Since the wedding was more like a platform for rebuilding the lost relations, I was keen in talking with the 10th standard girl, who was my aunt’s younger daughter. The question she had asked was “Didi, which is safer city, Bangalore or Delhi?” Though I was not late in answering her question, however during the later part of the day that question constantly disturbed me. One thing I could remember about myself asking to a returning traveller was all about the food, places, people etc.

The concept of safety had never worried me in those young ages. But how fast the world has changed! More than thinking about beauty and fun in those unknown places, these little minds are worried about the lurking dangers at those places.

While interacting with my aunt the next day, I was told about the increasing counselling centres for children as small as five years, teaching them to give a suspicious eye to everyone other than their parents. Teaching them to shout, run and defend when attacked by someone. While she was narrating, I could really see the pain as a mother she was undergoing, the feeling of insecurity that would always elude her about her children.

I remember during my younger days, school was one safer place that parents relied on. Whatever be the thing if I was in school then they were contended that I was safe. But now even schools have become places that can never be relied upon. I wonder what a five-year-old child would understand about rape and molestation when all he/she would look for would be some smiling faces.

How unfortunate is the world that we live in! There is nothing like a safer place anymore. From megalopolis to little villages, there is danger lurking in every corner. Look at the world that we are offering to our younger generations. A future that would no doubt be dusky and dark. Look how fast we are snatching innocence from those little hands. How fast we are making them forget smiling! It’s high time that we come out and stop this. Let us give back their future, their smiles, let their innocence brighten.

Comments:

  1. MaheshR says:

    Very true! my 2nd standard going son was reprimanded at his school by his teacher for having an innocent true smile on his face constantly and we parents were informed about this in the meeting!

    Can someone tell what as parents are supposed to do? tell him to stop smiling as it will offend his teacher or someone else? or reprimand him again? so eventually snatch away his innocent smile forever – all for the sake of satisfying an teacher’s sadistic ego?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Similar Story

Domestic violence in resettlement areas: Community workers bear the burden

Community workers, who are the first respondents to attend domestic violence cases in Chennai's resettlement areas, face innumerable challenges

As Priya* woke up at 5:30 am, she took the final sip of her coffee and was about to begin her morning prayers when she received a call from an unknown number. A few years ago, she wouldn't have bothered to answer. But now, as a community worker in a resettlement site, calls from unfamiliar numbers have become a routine part of her daily life. A woman could be heard crying at the other end. Priya asked her to calm down and speak clearly. The woman informed her that her husband was beating her up and had locked her inside…

Similar Story

Addressing pet dog attacks: A balance between regulation and compassion

Government intervention is necessary to prevent indiscriminate breeding and trade of pet dogs, and more shelters are needed for abandoned pets.

Recently, two pet Rottweiler dogs attacked a five-year-old child and her mother in a  Corporation park in Nungambakkam, Chennai. Based on a complaint following the incident, police arrested the owners of the dog for negligence and endangering the lives of others (IPC Section 289 and 336). As General Manager-Administration of the Blue Cross of India, I have seen several Rottweilers over the years. While there are laws to address such situations, there needs to be adequate awareness among pet owners that dogs like Rottweilers should be taken for a walk only on a leash. A major portion of the responsibility…