Change of nomenclature of Orphan

Change of nomenclature of Orphan

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Some terms need to be changed in a sensitised society. The words disabled and inappropriate terms as blind, deaf, dumb etc are not used any longer. Which is simply great. But the word orphan is a slap on society. Why name and differentiate between children with or without parents? Why stigmatize them from birth? In the natural order of life, everyone becomes an orphan sometime. But we don't label them as such. Why or how do we have the audacity to label unfortunate children who have lost their families? At recent visits to schools/hostels for the needy I was horrified by how the society and the societies were referring to economically backward children in writing/posters and verbally as orphans. And most of them were just from tribal and poorer families!!! Who the hell has given us the permission to label children of God differently? What horrific discrimination is this? BPO is a government term for purposes of welfare benefits and census. Needy, underprivileged, welfare schools are bad enough as discrimination, underlining the fact they are free or sponsored and not paid by guardians of the wards. But orphans? Dear God! Stigmatizing unknowing children for having lost their parents? Really? Wake up, folks. Fancy words and expressions, fancy education and verbose articles are not a validation of our progress in humanity. Does the Supreme Court have to step in here too before we rid our hearts and minds of the ugliness in it?

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