February 7, 2011
23 year old Sowmya, from a small village in Kerala, raped and killed, on the railway tracks. The sole support for her family, she left school mid-way to earn a living and help her family. Her dream – To get a good job at a top bank, buy a car and house for her mother.
February 11, 2011
Manisha Thakur, in her 20s, a national level kabaddi player, shot dead at point blank range by a CRPF soldier because she refused to give him her phone number. From a lower middle class family in the state of Himachal Pradesh, she had fought hard to make a place for herself in the national team.
April 13, 2011
Arunima Sinha, 23 year old state-level volleyball player pushed out of a moving train by 3 men after she resisted their attempts to rob her. Her leg has been amputated. Her sporting career, finished.
As the country celebrates the new Team India, the cricket Dhonis from ordinary backgrounds who made it to the World Cup winning team, let’s spare a thought for these women who also dared to dream big. Only to have it end so brutally.