Though it might have become a talking point, Satyameva Jayate, Aamir Khan’s TV show may not change much when it comes to female Feticide, says Hasan Syed of NVONews.Com
Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate’ is touching one milestone of popularity after the other. Its popularity has zoomed past any other show on television including Indian Premier League (IPL) in India and this despite the fact that the show neither gave money like Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaun Banega Crorepati or a dance or singing competition that brought name and fame to the winners.
It is a show that talks real world issues and what has caught people and even policymakers’ attention is the fact that it dwells on burning issues like girl feticide in the Indian society and other issues like sexual assault on children.
Girls are becoming scarce in many parts of India. In North Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, the sex ratio is as low as 80 girls for 100 boys and the ratio is becoming more and more skewed in other parts of India too. In largest state of UP, girl feticide is common and people don’t hesitate to kill the child in the womb if it is a girl child.
It is so common an issue in India that people don’t show any remorse in killing girls even after they are born, not to ask of killing the girl in the womb. Female foetuses are selectively aborted after pre-natal sex determination, thus avoiding the birth of girls. As a result of selective abortion, between 35 and 40 million girls and women are missing from the Indian population. In some parts of the country, the sex ratio of girls to boys has dropped to less than 800:1,000. The United Nations has expressed serious concern about the situation.
To be true, the number of girls is going down steadily from the Indian landscape. A report says, “The sex ratio has altered consistently in favour of boys since the beginning of the 20th century, and the effect has been most pronounced in the states of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. It was in these states that private foetal sex determination clinics were first established and the practice of selective abortion became popular from the late 1970s.” Aamir Khan is being given credit to bringing this issue to the fore, but he is not the first person to talk about it.
Women organizations have been talking about the issue for decades and have been trying to create awareness about such an important issue of our society. But that has made no difference for people who love sons and money. For them sons are money minting machines and girls are a burden. This is more true for majority of the Indians who despite calling girls Laxmi have no regards for them.
Aamir Khan’s high decibel talk on the show may begin coffee table talks, but will not do much in the long run. People’s mentality is not going to change with such celebrity shows. Only government’s tough actions against people involved in killing the female fetus in the womb will produce some results. Government’s tough steps coupled with awareness campaign in this regard may improve the skewed sex ratio in the country.