“2 Women Try to Steal Baby, Held”
Sad to say, a headline like this one in a recent Google news feed isn’t uncommon enough to cause me to gasp. By this point in U.S. history, we’ve seen women kidnap babies, steal sperm, and cut open a stranger’s pregnant belly just to have a child of their own. Even so, I clicked the link.
In this case, the baby-snatching happened in India, where incidents of what I call ‘death by childlessness‘ occur way too often. (That’s when a woman, with or without her husband, chooses death over a life without motherhood.) Accompanied by her mother, a desperate woman broke into a health center and escaped with a one-day-old baby boy. Police soon began a street-by-street search and found the women and baby waiting at a bus stop.
The childless woman determined to have a baby by any means necessary is named Kalaichelvi. She is just 25 years old.
When culture, tradition or religion are involved in a NotMom’s reality, anywhere in the world, women without children can stand out and catch hell. Any one of the three can make family members believe they have the right to be in your face and in your business. Kalaichelvi’s partner in crime was her mother. It could have easily been her mother-in-law.
This story happened in India, but it’s a universal tale. Mother of George, the 2013 award-winning film about a Nigerian immigrant couple in Manhattan, presents issues of infertility that are gift-wrapped in finger-pointing shame from the title character’s in-laws. One is real and one is fiction, but both of these stories end with the childless woman ready to consider the craziest idea possible. Anything to have a baby.
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