PM Narendra Modi in speech at Dussehra rally in Lucknow invoked Syrian girl Aya who had been a victim of an air raid in which her father and she had been separated in the confusion and could be seen in a video looking and crying ‘Baba?, Baba?’ repeatedly. To add to the pathos of the tragic situation, there is blood oozing in a steady stream from her forehead in a hospital. The shocking scenes horrified the world and the entire thing went viral.
PM Narendra Modi said that the entire world has been looking at a photo of a Syrian girl in total fixation. He added, “We have seen what terrorism has done to Syria. The situation there brings tears to one’s eyes. It shows that there is no guarantee for the safety of humanity without ending terrorism.”
Looking to link the heartbreaking footage of the Syrian girl to that of eradicating terrorism as it poses a huge threat to the entire world and gender equality, PM Modi said that terrorists and ‘those who shelter them’ must not be spared. This was also a warning to Pakistan which harbours terrorists and sends them to India and Afghanistan to carry out terror attacks.
Moving from there and focussing on the girl child, PM Modi said that the girl child has left a mark in every area, from studies to sports (he again praised the Indian women’s contingent at Rio Olympics who brought medals and glory to country). PM Modi saluted their accomplishments on International Day of the Girl Child by saying, “Our daughters made us proud at the Rio Olympics 2016.”
PM Modi made a clarion call and said that the country as a whole must collectively work towards an India where there is no discrimination based on gender.
Striking closer to every home and every family, PM Modi asked, “We burn Ravana who abducted one Sita. What will it take to save the Sitas in our homes?”
Note: The Syrian girl Aya was able to find her father eventually, Talbisah News reported.