International tennis sensation Sania Mirza has raised a very vital question which has been haunting Indian women since generations.
Why people do not ask men when they would become fathers after their marriages. The question is often asked to women alone.
Sania, who married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, in 2010, said people including whom she does not know, used to ask her when she will have a baby. They ask it because their marriage is about four year-old.
Interestingly, Sania’s Pakistani mother-in-law is not worried, when her daughter-in-law will give birth to her son’s child.
“People used to ask me when I will give birth to a baby..but, they do not ask the same question to my husband. He also married when I did so,” Sania said while participating in a talk show here.
Expressing concern over the mindset towards women, particularly the sports women, Sania said the society need to change its attitude.
"I think being a woman celebrity is the hardest thing in India.... People will ask many things, what you wear, how you speak, when you will have a baby and other things," Sania said.
Speaking on 'Women in sports, the way ahead', Sania asked women sportspersons to look beyond small things and first change their own attitude.
"When a woman wants to do something on her own way, she is criticised, dubbed as a rebel."
"I (too) was stated an arrogant. However, I stuck to my guns and today I am at this place. We have to fight in order to move forward in this men's world," Sania said.
Advising women sportspersons not to pay any heed to such criticism, she stressed on the need for change in the attitude of individuals, media and nation at large for the growth and development of women in sports.
Mentioning how everybody talked about the cricketers of both India and Australia when their ODI was washed away due to rains in Cuttack, she said, "I have never seen anybody writing about the same thing in any women sports."
"People used to ask me when I will have a baby. But, they do not ask the same question to my husband (Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik)," Sania said.
Stating that she was born in a family of two girls, Sania said she has never felt like other girls in the sports.
"Attitude needs to change," she said calling upon parents to support their daughters in order to allow them to grow in their own way.
Replying to a question on moral policing in sports, Sania said: "As I came to lime light, media asked me many questions. A lot many moral policing.. wear this, wear that, why a T-shirt. Everybody has the right to form their opinions and I have the right to ignore them."