Life Story: I Am Very Happy That I Have Taken My First Big Step Towards Independence

The Logical Indian

January 3rd, 2016 / 6:29 PM

Source: Humans of Bombay

“I come from an extremely conservative, middle class family. My father passed away a few months before my 10th standard board exams, and after that the girls in my family struggled to keep our education going. My older sister fought with everyone who said that us girls should be packed off and married instead of wasting money on our education.

Our finances were very tight so I began to take tuitions and work at call centres to try and pay for my graduation. It hasn’t been easy — we’ve had to fight for very basic things like wearing jeans and not a salwaar. Even today, when my relatives and neighbours see me wearing western clothes they call me all sorts of names and say I’ve used wrong methods to afford these clothes.

I’ve tried to block this out by keeping myself very busy so I also educate children in my chawl– I know what I’ve been through to educate myself…and other children might not be as lucky.

Finally, after the entire struggle I graduated a few months ago and I’m the first woman in my entire family and extended family to achieve this. I got a job right after and this month I received my first salary. I went home and gave the money to my mother and she was shocked to see that it was an amount that even men in our family haven’t earned.

I hope that my example changes the course of lives for girls like me, who are only considered fit for marriage. I know I have started small, but someday I’ll take my mother and move out of this chawl where we’ve been taunted all our lives, but for now I’m happy…very happy to have taken my first big step towards independence.”


Contributors

Written by :

Edited by :

Related Stories

Modi Supporter Killed

A 75-Yr-Old Modi Supporter Killed In Assault By DMK-Congress Supporter? The Cops Have A Very Different Story

“When They Feel Happy, I Feel Happy,” Woman Who Coached Athletes To Glory At Special Olympics

India Will Soon Have 500 ‘Happy Fridges’ To Make Sure No One Goes To Bed Hungry, Thanks To This NGO

The Shutting Down Of World’s Biggest Ivory Market: A Positive Step Towards Preserving Animal Rights

Supreme Court Collegium

SC Collegium Proceedings To Be In The Public Domain: A Step Towards Transparency

A Step Towards Acceptance: 5 Acid Attack Survivors And A Transgender Get Jobs In Delhi High Court

Latest on The Logical Indian

Exclusive

My Story: “I Am A Woman Who Plays PUBG And This Is What I Go Through”

News

Taiwan Becomes First In Asia To Approve Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

Exclusive

Why It Is Logical To Introduce Three Levels Of Mathematics In Indian Schools?

News

Govt Refuses To Disclose Information On Black Money Received From Switzerland

News

Mid Elections, Environment Ministry Issues Notification Diluting Process To Grant Green Clearances For Projects

News

Trump Proposes Merit-Based Green Card System: Merit Over Familial Relationships

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.