Recently, a video of a little girl crying while studying and her mom beating her for not being able to learn the numbers went viral.
Cricketers Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh and Robin Uthappa shared the video on their Instagram handle appealing parents not to indulge in child abuse.
The 3-year-old is Haya, niece of Bollywood singers Toshi and Sharib Sabri. Agitated with the backlash the parents of the girl have been receiving from the people across the country, Toshi Sabri, in an interview, has slammed the cricketers and others for judging the mother of the girl.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Toshi said, "Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan don’t know about us. Hamare bachche ke bare mein humein pata hai naah ki hamara bacha kaisa hai! Uska nature hai waisa... Agle hi pal woh khelne chali jaati hai. Agar aap usko chod do toh woh kahengi main mazzak kar rahi thi. Uske nature ki wajah se chod denge toh woh padai bhi nahi kar paayengi. (We know about our child better. Haya’s nature is such that after being scolded, the next minute she runs off to play. But, because of her nature if we don’t push her, she won’t study.)”
He further added, “Woh video ek maa ka video hai, apne bhai aur husband ko dikhaane ke liye banaya tha, ki bachchi bahut ziddi ho gayi hai. (The video was made by the child’s mother, who wanted to show her brother and husband that how stubborn the girl has become).
Toshi explains, “The homework she gets in nursery, of learning numbers, she’ll never be able to learn. Woh jo rona hota hain, woh us moment ke liye tha taaki uski maa use padaaye na aur khelne de. Chota bachcha hai 2.5-3 saal ka. (All the crying was for that moment so that her mother doesn’t make her study and let her play. Haya is just about 3 years old). It’s not a big issue. Har ghar mein bachon ki alag zidd hoti hai, alag-alag tareeke ke bachche hote hain. [Ye] bachchi bahut zyada ziddi hai [lekin] humari laadli hai. (In every house there are different kinds of children. Ours is a very stubborn child but is extremely dear to us),” he adds.
“Jab baaki logon ko bura lag raha [hai to] woh to maa hai (When other’s are feeling bad on seeing the video, then being a mother of course she’s upset too),” says Toshi when asked about the reaction of Haya’s mother.
"Ek maa ki mamta hai, judgment nahi kar sakte hain. Jisne usko 9 months kokh mein rakha hai. Ab agar bachche zidd karenge toh unko padana likhana chod dein kya? Bachon ko paalna asaan nahi hota. (One can’t judge a mother’s love for the child by seeing a short video. If children throw tantrums, then should we stop teaching them? It’s not easy to raise children). I’m married and have a son. I know how difficult it is to raise a child. Parents have to do double duty by managing both — the children and the household at the same time,” concludes Toshi.
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