Yes, women have more rights than in the past BUT women and girls are still oppressed by our intensely misogynistic world where men call the shots.
Gender equality is happening too slowly and there are too many instances where women are only free so long as men "allow" them to be.
There's too much politically correct spin surrounding women's liberation and not enough true freedom, equality and protection of women's rights.
The world in 2019 remains a very dangerous place for women to be.
This insane and archaic discrimination is at the heart of Zee World's new 20h00 nightly The Heir, which replaces Twist of Fate this Sunday (9 June) at 20h00.
It's described as a social thriller and tells the story of Amba Pawaniya (played by Aarti Singh) whose daughter Manpreet lives her life on the brink of death because she's a girl.
This is the show's official description:
Amba is a pregnant widow to the former chieftain, Charan - a benevolent leader. He loses his life in a battle with an opposing clan and Jagan, his brother, takes over from him as the chief but their styles of leadership are very different.
Amba vows that she is pregnant with a son who will take over the chieftainship.
The family matriarch promises to kill the child if it turns out to be a girl. Faced with two insurmountable threats, Amba, after giving birth to a girl, lies.
She announces that she has given birth to a boy. Lying about a child’s gender is one thing, the challenge of keeping this lie up on a daily basis is quite another.
She is faced with her mother-in-law’s impatience, her brother-in-law’s threats and her daughter’s frustration at having to grow up as a boy.
The show's Hindi title is Waaris, which means Heir in Hindi.
It follows Manpreet as she grows up, skipping forward in time across seven and then 10 years, with two actresses playing her: Sania Touqueer plays her young self and Farnaz Shetty plays her when she's older.
The title track Maeeri is sung by the Nooran sisters, who are famous for singing in Bollywood fliks. More about them here: Nooran sisters croon Waaris title track
The concept of girls and women dressing as boys and men to protect themselves and their families is a cultural practice in Afghanistan known as Bacha posh. Freak yourself out by finding out more about it here: Bacha Posh
These are the first teasers: New! The Heir Teasers - June 2019