We often judge people on the basis of their clothes, social class, ethnicity and age, among other things. But, is that right? What about the individuality of the person?
A story of a girl, who lives in the slums of Dharavi, posted by Humans of Bombay, throws light on why we shouldn’t judge people by their mere appearance.
It has been liked more than 25,000 times.
The girl, who appears to be in her teen, is from Dharavi (near Mumbai), one of the largest slums in the world. A city within a city, it is one unending stretch of narrow dirty lanes, open sewers and small huts.
This multi-religious and multi-ethnic slum has a population of around 1 million.
The teen complains that she doesn’t like when people judge her because of her place and start talking to her in Hindi.
When she is met with such behaviour, she replies them back in English.
“I reply in English because I go to school and I’m educated.”
She hopes that someday she will write a novel and sell it all over the world to convey an important message.
She believes that despite getting raised in a slum, children from that area can get educated, speak English and make a mark for themselves.
And that’s true. Even though Dharavi is a slum, its literacy rate is 72 percent, higher than national average literacy rate.
In addition, the area has a low crime rate, and is home to many pottery, textile and recycling industries. The annual turnover of these industries is estimated at over $500 million.