Being a housewife was her choice.Poonam and I used to study in the same class in the same school. She was so brilliant that I used to ask her about the problems I used to have in any subject.
Whenever anyone used to ask her about her aim in her life she used to say she wants to be a "Surgeon" and she surely was heading towards her aim steadily.
She always used to top the class every year. She secured 95% in the 12th standard which was remarkable in 1993 when to score above 90% was very rare, unlike today.
She left school and we never met after school until one day I saw her in the market with her mom. She was looking as if she got married.
I smiled at her and asked about her further studies and asked her about her aim to become a surgeon. She said her parents denied and said that they don't have enough money to continue her studies further.
I was shocked to hear it. Her parents did not know the talent and potential that her daughter had. They literally killed her dreams.
There are hundreds of Poonams in this society who are not able to continue their education and are married against their wish.
Today also I get upset whenever I think about her and vow I would not let this happen to my daughter.