On Orphans

On Orphans
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In any given society, orphans constitute the most vulnerable group of persons and individuals for obvious reasons. Orphans are also invisible members of society. Because they have lost their parents who, in the final analysis, constitute the shield or umbrella for children, protecting them against the dark sides of society, according nourishment of an emotional, practical, economic and so on to them, among other things, orphans not only tend to be occluded from societal view and thereby care but also, at times, exploited, sometimes in a classic Dickensian sense, and other times, more subtly and hence more insidiously. Kashmir is no exception to this. Both the blame and the onus fall on society both in the generic as well as the particular sense. This is because, one, orphans are orphans not by choice but on account of fate and destiny that snatches their parents from them. Second, society can only be called society if and when it is a caring and a sharing one , especially toward its most vulnerable members. Third, anyone can be victim of fate. Fourth, it is the moral and even religious duty of, at least, our society, to actually see to it that no one or nobody, is left at the mercy of elements and circumstances. The list of reasons delineated here is not exhaustive; there are many more reasons which for reasons of paucity of space cannot be described. But, the point is that orphans are vulnerable and it is the responsibility of society to take care of them. The question is how? Yet again, there are many ways but the most egregious ones are financial and emotional. We must, as a society, ensure that orphans are never found wanting; they are never compelled to take recourse to ungainly means for their bread and butter issues. Toward this end, we must scout and look for these hapless individuals and accord them economic dignity. Emotionally, while adoption is not always feasible but what can be done is to invite orphans to our homes over meals, make them play with our children, give them special dresses on festive occasions like Eid and pay visits to orphanages and see if these can be assisted. Orphans, in the final analysis, are a special class of individuals who need our care and attention, in a substantive way. We must not fail this fundamental responsibility. If nothing, but the fact that our noble Prophet(SAW) was a prophet must concentrate our minds!