Indians, behold!The room was filled with an air of suspense and excitement.The woman lay there, with pain in every contraction, that overwhelmed every cell of her body. In the midst of unbearable pain, she could not hear herself scream.Everyone could feel the agony in her scream. It was as if every bone of her body conspired to strangulate her.She prayed to God to help her zoom into the next five minutes. She felt trapped in the confinement of pain.“Push, push!” the midwife shouted. The embattled mother did, as mightily as she could.With an unspeakable pain glittering in her eyes, she groaned as she gave the final push. Now, she was asked to stop.The little sunshine stretched and slid into the hands of the midwife. The mother beamed with relief and unfathomable delight.My little sunshine is here! An enviably beautiful girl has just been born!The father who has been anxious until now bursts into tears of relief and joy. He jumps in awkward patterns. He hugs people in random. He just becomes a boy.The little bundle of joy is just minutes into the new world and the tiny speck-like eyes roll around. Curiosity lingers in the fun-sized face.A million questions surface in her eyes. Her hands and legs wriggling in an unmethodical manner.The mother looks at the life she has brought into the world. She never thought a sunshine could be this beautiful. She never thought her little angel could be this delightful.Pause.She thinks of the cruel world that awaits outside. She dreads the clan of men who would crave her body.She shudders. She decides to safeguard her little bundle of joy. “I would not let anyone harm my darling,” she promises herself.Years go by. The little darling grows up. She is raised fearfully and wonderfully.Do not talk to men. You will not have male friends. Men are animals. Men rape. Do not trust men. You will not study in co-education schools. Watch the length of your skirt.The mother bleeds love. She expresses her love for her daughter in the ways she thinks are the best.The little girl grows up as mama’s girl. She leads a clean life. She stays away from men. The very presence of men makes her shy away from the place. She never looks into the eyes of men.She gets to be known as the girl of character.Teen years whirl by.Years later, the mother asks the daughter to marry someone she never knew.‘But momma, I do not even know him,” the curious daughter questions her mom.“You will do what I say. You will not fall in love with anyone. Remember what I have told about men? They are beasts,” the mother convinces the daughter.Maybe mom is right, the daughter believes.The wedding bells ring.Days later, the mother asks “When will you get pregnant?”The girl who has been raised all her life with warnings about men and been strictly kept away from men is required to sleep with a stranger, in blunt terms.Women are cast into nothingness by the very arm that scooped them with love!Forced-arranged marriages are a crime.