“Kaise khaoge unke haat ki rotiyaan, jab paida hi nahi hone do ge betiyan (How will you eat the rotis she makes if you won’t let her be born?)” – that’s the message that was purportedly spotted on a wall in India.
The graffiti, which appears to be a terrible attempt at spreading awareness against female infanticide, has drawn severe criticism on social media. It first popped up on Reddit, only to be instantly criticised:
The graffiti garnered similar reactions from Twitter users.
Beti bachao, Kaam pe lagao, Roti sekao.— Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) May 27, 2018
Make your own rotis, fool. pic.twitter.com/TVZNuBUhqq
In one graffiti everything that is wrong with this country. pic.twitter.com/LsS8UOpa1t— PDG (@PratimDGupta) May 27, 2018
Only aim it is achieving is to validate the mentality that beti ko ghar mein hi rakho aur rotiyan banwao. Ghar ka kaam karna galat nahi hai. Sabko aana chahiye. I do it too & proudly so. But that’s not all women are about so it’s demeaning when they are reduced to a roti maker.— Shilpa Singh (@MissDanseuse) May 27, 2018
Where the hell has this appeared? The purpose of having a daughter is to eat, unke haath ki rotiyaan?— Namita Bhandare (@namitabhandare) May 28, 2018
This is shameful reinforcement of stereotypes that women are to make rotis for which they need to be saved!— Subhash C. Vashishth (@SCVashishth) May 27, 2018
While there’s no denying that more and more Indians are growing sensitised about gender issues and the pressing need for gender equality, there is still a large cloud of inherently patriarchal and sexist customs and beliefs that continue to linger over the minds of millions in the country. While we appear to be taking steps in the right direction when it comes to fighting gender discrimination, the ground reality is quite different – this graffiti is an excellent example.
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