Naming babies is a sacred affair in Indian Hindu culture. Ten days after a baby is born, the extended family conducts an elaborate naming ceremony known traditionally as Namakaran Sanskar. The name of the child is carefully chosen by a specific family member (which can vary regionally).
But what if the name your family gave you was, “Unwanted?”
Giving a daughter the Hindi name “Nakusa” or “Nakushi” (which means “unwanted”) is sadly not uncommon in India, particularly in Maharashtra state. Families often prefer boys, and are disappointed when a baby turns out to be a girl.
In a powerful, counter-cultural move, just this past weekend, 285 girls from Maharashtra state sought a fresh start in life by choosing a new name for themselves. Click here to read more.