Satara district has 222 girls, unnamed, and called Nakushi (translates to ‘unwanted’). Punjab and Haryana have Unchahi which means the same thing. Is it difficult to imagine the parents’ indifference towards these children’s welfare or empowerment?
The government is going to have a naming ceremony and give each of these girls real names. (Or they could wait till these ‘paraya dhan‘ get married and go to ‘their own’ homes and get yet another set of names?) This is a well meant and necessary (though patronizing) gesture, but it is not going to change anything.
The same state (Maharashtra) insisted that my daughter adds her dad’s first name between her name and surname. Many women have experienced being asked to include their husbands’ names after their names.
The government or the society sees no connection in a girl child being called Nakushi or Unchahi and the patriarchal tradition of her second name being her father’s or her husband’s name/surname.
In a country that is so obsessed with family names being carried forward, would it not help if everyone, including female citizens had names and second names of their own?
Edited to ask:
Would it help for women to have names and surnames, all their own, like Hema Malini, Jaya Lalitha, Navya Naveli, all their lives?
Should both the parents’ names/surnames be added to the children’s names?
What’s in a name? - visionlightcolor