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This ‘Humans of Bombay’ Post Is An Eye-Opener

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  •  August 13, 2015

 

“A girl doesn’t need a man to lift her up…in fact she’s so strong that she alone, can uplift others.”

No, these are not my words. These are the words of a teenage girl whose story I read yesterday on Humans of Bombay, and to be honest, I am moved and inspired.

She talked about her resistance towards marriage when her parents took her to see a boy and how she firmly made it clear that she would run away and inform the police if worst came to worst. And this entire struggle was because she wanted to study and fulfill her dream of becoming an IPS officer.

Read her story here:

“My parents took me away from Bombay to our village to get me married. This was at the age of 15 and even though I saw…

Posted by Humans of Bombay on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

 

While there was a stream of comments of people who want to help this girl, and of those others who heartily praised her aforementioned quote, there was this one particular comment that touched my heart.

Priyanka Bhatia Aswal “As a child, I remember we had a maid who was 13 when she came to work for us. Even though this was back in the day when girls younger than 18 often worked as maids in houses, my parents and grandparents did not want to employ someone so young. However, due to financial problems, the girl, Pooja had to work, to be able to support her old mother and her brother (and his family!) since she didn’t have a father. My parents and grandparents encouraged her to study and my grandma (God bless her soul) paid her a monthly allowance for her studies. My grandma even fought with Pooja’s mother when they tried to marry her off. Pooja would work in houses and then attend school, get back home and work some more and then study at night. Finally, Pooja passed her class 12th with perfect grades and went on to apply for college. My grandma gifted her a watch that she still cherishes, long after my grandma has left us to look upon us from heaven. Today, Pooja speaks perfect English, works with a computer firm after having graduated from college and is earning 50 K per month!!! It’s a story I love to share with people…..My grandma definitely was Pooja’s angel but without her own grit and determination and tons of hard work, Pooja would have never reached where she is today!”

There are probably thousands of other girls like these who we do not know about, who might not have the strength to stand up for their dreams, and who are succumbing to societal pressures. If you’re reading this, we want you to know that we understand you, and are keeping our fingers crossed that you find a way to make your dreams come true.

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