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This father sets example by proudly counting stars on his daughter’s shoulder

It’s probably a desire for most kids to achieve something in life that will make their parents proud and when that moment comes it’s nothing less than extraordinary. Just like this image involving Deputy SP Rattana Ngaseppam of Imphal, Manipur and her father.

The image which instantly reflects the pride in both the daughter and the father’s eyes has now amazed hundreds of tweeple, including actors Raveena Tandon and Athiya Shetty. And that is why it is now being shared by many.

“Rattana Ngaseppam, Deputy SP from Imphal, Manipur. Her proud dad checking out the stars on her uniform. And #Rattana proudly watching the stars in her father’s eyes,” wrote a Twitter user and shared the image. He also tagged Manipur Police and another Twitter user Mohul Ghosh on the post.

From calling it a “beautiful” picture to commenting on the pride of the father, people dropped all sorts of comments on Twitter.

“Proud daughter of a proud father,” expressed a Twitter user. “Lady making her father proud,” tweeted another. “This is the real face of women empowerment, it’s beautiful,” commented a third. “So much of emotion reflected in one image,” wrote a fourth.

There’s a reason why pictures like these go viral. For one, we hardly see these images often – of women breaking ground in professions where they are hardly expected to be seen. And add to that, her father stands for her. The picture is powerful for another reason, that it carries the hope that other fathers will see this and reinforce their beliefs in their daughters. It is incredibly important that in a society like ours, men become allies and advocates for women. Rattana Ngaseppam’s father is a great example of that possible movement. How we are raised is the lens of our world and so to have stronger foundation of values, fathers must stand for and behind their daughters in their dreams. No doubt the influence of parents on their daughters shapes the way women see themselves as leaders and change makers.

Today the daughters are no less than sons in any field. The picture is an example and a proof that if given the right support and education, girls can reach new heights, breaking all stereotypes. 

Gender equality or empowerment is not a female issue, it’s a social and economic priority. It’s vital that we include men in this equation and it is also vital men rise up to the moment and find every example to put out there as one of support. They could also become allies to the movement of gender equality by listening to women and pay attention to the ways in which women want to be supported.

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