“Becoming a child again is what is impossible. That’s what you have a legitimate reason to be upset over. Childhood is the most valuable thing that’s taken away from you in life, if you think about it.”
― Heather O’Neill, Lullabies for Little Criminals
Children are the purest form of human beings that can ever exist in this universe. Innocence can be best defined by a child’s smile. As adults it is our responsibility to preserve this purity in our society. As we watch our children grow up, we relive our childhood. In a country where little girls are worshiped as living incarnations of Goddess Durga and little boys as Bhairav, almost everyday we read about little children being sexually abused and murdered.
What has our country come to become? What has happened to the people? Is there no humanity left? It makes me so angry to even think about such predators of innocence. It is so sick to read about children being raped and killed all across the nation. This crime has been spreading like a disease in our society. I wonder what goes on inside a child rapist’s head? Such brutality is a ghastly truth that we face everyday in our lives. Children as young as 3 years old, have been victims of such sickness.
No place seems to be secure enough for children anymore. Schools, tuition classes, parks, even our own homes are no longer a safe haven for our children. These criminals can be anyone, a complete stranger or someone in the neighborhood or even a relative. Trust no one blindly, but that does not mean we kill our child’s freedom. What we truly need is awareness. We need to be extremely attentive to what our child is trying to communicate to us.
Another very important aspect is to make our children aware about what is right and what is wrong, when they are interacting with relatives or some stranger. They should be made aware about how much physical closeness is acceptable and when is it right to say “NO”. Also they must be nurtured in a way that they openly discuss everything with you. Safety of our children is first our own responsibility. We must do anything and everything to keep our children safe from this sick world.
We cannot change the sick mentality of people around us but we sure can condemn it and take a step forward in creating awareness. Keeping the innocence alive is the only hope for our society to remain civilized.
It’s high time we start having real conversations with our children !