Mirza: ‘Having a girl is plus not a minus’

by: Matt Cronin December 02, 2013

Tags: Sania Mirza

India’s Sania Mirza addresses female infanticide in her country. According to the United Nations, 12 million girls were aborted during the last two years. Some Indian parents see raising girls as a financial burden.

“When I was growing up I would go to tennis and people would come up to my parents and they would ridicule them and say she’s a girl from Hyderabad, you think she is going to play Wimbledon?,” Mirza told NDTV. “But obviously my parents didn't care. My own relatives were more worried that I wouldn’t find a boy to get married to. But just because you are modern doesn't mean you cant follow a traditional Indian women’s way. Women empowerment and being a traditional Indian can go hand in hand.”

Mirza has a younger sister but no brothers. She added that she and her parents never felt like they needed one.

“The numbers you see are so disturbing,” said Mirza, who is a top-flight doubles player and once reached No. 27 in singles. “For everything we achieve, why do we need a guy? We as people who achieve so much need to be an example to women, it’s our responsibility to try and educate people in India that having a girl is plus not a minus. As a woman I want to do anything everything I can to spread that word.”

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