Attended the special evening organized by Lilavati Hospital and Cineyug Entertainment to raise awareness of the "Save & Empower The Girl Child" initiative.
To support the empowerment of the girl child, Bollywood celebrities Madhuri Dixit, Lara Dutta, Preity Zinta, Malaika Arora Khan, Evelyn Sharma, Mandira Bedi, Swara Bhaskar, Lucky Morani and Eesha Koppikar walked the ramp in stunning creations by Manish Malhotra. Apart from the fashion show, another highlight of the evening was a thought-provoking performance by Shaimak Davar's dance company. Excellent effort by everyone involved to bring attention to a very important cause.
I have had a very sheltered upbringing and am very fortunate that my parents are unbiased in their thinking. Growing up, I always believed that these issues only concern uneducated people and didn't quite pay any attention. Once out of my parent's bubble land, I was in for a rude shock and realized that discrimination against girls is a reality everywhere regardless of education or social status. Also, it is not just the extreme cases of female foeticide or rape that count as cruelty. Educated people living in the big cities with all the exposure in the world also ill-treat girls in the name of tradition and culture on a daily basis. At the risk of sounding preachy, all I'll say is that don't turn a blind eye, however big or small the matter, what is wrong is wrong. And, if nothing else spare a thought.