Every woman in Afghanistan is feeling helpless and helpless after the Taliban came to power again.

Every woman in Afghanistan is feeling helpless and helpless after the Taliban came to power again.

 Afghanistan has long been a male dominated society. There has been a huge difference in the rights, respect and freedom given to men and women. However, there was a period when the situation of women started changing after the formation of a democratic government. There was freedom to move out and work in every field, but it is also true that this opportunity was mostly available to girls and women from urban areas and educated families. The status of girls from rural, poor and uneducated families did not make much difference. Today every woman in Afghanistan is feeling helpless, helpless and pathetic after the Taliban came to power again.

Today we are talking about a tradition whose foundation is very old in Afghanistan, which is known as 'Bachha Posh'. It means - girl in boy's costume. Most of the families in whose homes no boy is born, they raise one of their girls like a boy. They are started wearing boys' clothes at the age of three to four years. Haircuts are done like boys. Boys are given training in gait, speaking etc. The motive is that he can hide his identity and go out of the house and thus help the family. They also have the responsibility of taking the girls out of the house. They are also sent to school to study. He can play football, fly kites, ride a bicycle, which means he can do all the things that girls are prohibited from doing.

This tradition gives some relief to the families for a short time, girls also feel freedom for some years, but in reality this tradition gives sad results to the girls. Under this tradition, as soon as she reaches the threshold of puberty, the girl who becomes a boy is again imprisoned in the boundary wall of the house. She is imposed on girls clothes, forced to live like girls. There is pressure to do all the household chores. These girls are not able to handle the sudden change. These girls live in delusions about their personality and also become victims of mental illnesses.

Nazia Naseem, director of the NGO 'Women for Afghan Women', believes that the social, economic, political policies of male domination and oppression of women in Afghanistan have adapted the 'Bachcha Posh' tradition to their advantage. Along with many areas in Afghanistan, this tradition is still present in some provinces of Pakistan. It is being said that after the arrival of Taliban in Afghanistan, women's rights, freedom have been curbed, their exploitation has started on a large scale, but it is to be understood that exploitation of women and girls in Afghan society in some form or the other. I have been running for centuries. The child care tradition is a link to the same exploitation.

In view of all the above circumstances, neither the old governments there tried to stop the exploitation of girls through this tradition in Afghanistan, nor has it become a topic of discussion in human rights forums. Considering this tradition as just a tradition, it is being ignored till now. And now no such thing can be expected from the Taliban administration that any initiative of theirs will be able to rein in this tradition.

To increase the enthusiasm of the students, this school of Madurai took a step towards traditional sports

To increase the enthusiasm of the students, this school of Madurai took a step towards traditional sports

Madurai , a unique attempt to get out of addiction to online games . Due to Corona, online classes have been going on for a long time and it has also brought those children closer to mobile and net, who tried to keep away from mobile. As a result, many children also got caught in the addiction of online games. Model Government Girls Higher Secondary School, located in Ottakadai, Madurai district, has introduced traditional games for its students in order to remove the same students from the addiction of online games and to connect them with the traditional game.

During the lockdown, the school headmistress S. Shashidhara prepared a traditional playground in the school premises by spending out of her own pocket. The way social media has progressed in the last few years, children are also moving ahead. Online classes have brought children closer to mobiles and nets, so that they can continue with their studies. But during the same period students also became addicted to online games. A traditional playground has been prepared in the school with the aim of taking the students out of the addiction of online games. This is happening for the first time in a government school.

During the conversation, the headmistress said that in the last few years, due to mobile, children have gone far away from the traditional game. This step has been taken with the aim of connecting them with traditional sports. This process will also help in inculcating values ​​of the students, improving their concentration and skills. The idea came to me when the renovation work was going on in the schools during the lockdown. The school now has special areas for playing Pallanguzhi, Chess, Thatangal (Sotangal), Neerkodu and Snake-ladder.

He told that due to Corona, the online classes going on for the last one and a half years have affected a lot of students. But now that students are joining traditional sports, there is a marked improvement in them. Every day students in grades IX to XII have library time or a music class and up to 20 children are allowed to play these traditional games during the same time.

They say that
this move of the school is very commendable and I really like to play chess in the open, in the shade of trees, among the birds and with the squirrels in the background. Playing Pallanguzhi is helping to improve our mathematical skills and for us this game is a stress reliever.
-R. Tenmozhi, Class X student

Hand and eye coordination is felt to improve with this type of game and concentration increases. Snakes and ladders indirectly teach us a very valuable lesson. We always have the fear of falling down when we are at a height in it. But with our hard work and efforts, we can go up again. It's not just a game, it's teaching us skills.