Ma’am, now I know I am not a mistake.
She slowly stood up from her seat in the auditorium. She was getting ready to respond to my question.
“What do you know now that you did not know 3 hours ago?”
She shyly stood and said, “Indrani, ma’am, now I know I am not a mistake.”
She had a certain knowing in her eyes and a soft giant-ness in her voice when she delivered those words.
The whole room erupted with applause. My eyes stung with tears and I recognized the face of courage and bravery.
She had been told since the day she was born that she was a mistake because she was not a boy.
She was told that she was worth less than a male child.
She was told that she was a burden, only eating and using up resources.
She would be sold off or married off to the highest bidder as soon as her father could arrange it.
Now, here, in this room, 18 years after her birth, she is ready to believe otherwise.
Love and light