The first thought when I saw this video was how fast a girl grows up into a role that society expects of her. There can be countless debates and researches that can state whether the nurturing nature is biological or social or both. But for Punam and children like her there is no debate, they have to grow up and take on responsibilities that expect from them much more than what can be expected of a nine year old.
There is no doubt that Punam being able to go to school despite all the hardships and household chores, can make her a “success story” (it is a loaded term, but I use it nevertheless). However, it is not hard to see the future when all it will take is one decision to stop her from going to school and take care of family and start earning. But till then she gets to be a parent without having fully lived as a child. As development workers we must provide alternatives that can help best leverage the existing circumstances of an individual or community, in this case what Punam has going for her is her father letting her be educated, which sadly is not the case for other children from her neighborhood.

I found this video in my search to see what are the various films that are uploaded on the internet. Meena ofcourse being my favourite (and most seen) of them all. UNICEF has it uploaded on a wesbite too, access it here, ofcourse I found it most annoying to view since it kept asking me to download missing plug-ins.

This Meena in the city episode talks is about child labour in our society. It is so rampant that we hardly ever stop to notice that the person cleaning our room, washing clothes or serving food is just a child and NO child must work – childhood is about just being able to remain a child which anyway is becoming an endangered concept!

On a funnier note, the song in the end of the episode sounds funny in English. In solidarity with efforts to abolishing child labour and an amazing work by UNICEF.