For Global Peace with Social Justice in a Sustainable Environment
Book Review by Sakshi Goyal, Rachna Amarnani and Guruvaishnavi*
Girls and Girlhoods at Threshold of Youth and Gender-A Vacha Initiative,
Editor: Vibhuti Patel, The Women Press, Delhi.
We are extremely thankful to the editors and the contributors of the book who have so beautifully brought out the different aspects of Girlhood. It is so nicely articulated in the foreword of the book that “Girlhood is seldom considered as an important phase in itself in India”.
Chapter 1 on “The adolescent Girl in India” by Sonal Shukla and Pradnya Swargaonkar reflects why a girl always stays behind in comparison to a boy further leading to the disadvantaged position of the women in all institutes of national life. The chapter starts with a historical background of the adolescent girl in India showing her marked absence. I feel inclusion of the historical background at the beginning of the book makes the book so meaningful, as it is very important to know the history of the issue that we are trying to address. It emphasises on Phulmani Dasi case that resulted into a national level controversy in the pre-independence period regarding 'age of consent' and led to rasing of marriageable age of girls.