Monday, April 29, 2013

Of Precocious Orphans and Nirbhaya Lessons

Mriganka is the gutsiest woman I know. She’s not afraid of anything. Well, almost anything. This reporter-turned-actress-turned-entrepreneur is helping out at an orphanage, trying to educate young children about the dangers of sexual assault in the aftermath of the Nirbhaya gang rape case.

Mriganka, who can usually handle every situation with ease, found she was tongue-tied about broaching the subject of rape. To her relief, the children did it for her. “Nirbhaya didi? We know about her. She was left to die after some men did nasty things to her.” The children were precocious; easily absorbing information and eager to learn new things.

Mriganka, somewhat of a trailblazer herself when it comes to women’s safety in New Delhi, has organised many protests and marches. But nowhere has her work seemed so important and so relevant than with these kids. She feels she’s actually making a difference in their lives. And what could be more rewarding than that?