While it is good to know that we are still sensitive to the cause of humanity, at the same time we need to introspect for – ‘Why do we need a stirring to act?’
There are many other issues, as sensitive as this one like farmer suicide, dowry deaths, corruption, molestation etc. If we wait for Aamir Khan or some one else to take up all such issues before we act, most of these issues would remain unaddressed.
The sting by Meena Sharma and Shripal Shaktawat had covered 140 doctors involved in sex determination tests and abortions in Rajasthan. It has been 7 years since this case of female foeticide came to light, but all the doctors involved still practice freely in the state. On the contrary, journalists Meena and Shripal have been roaming in the courts all around the state testifying their case in various district courts in Rajasthan. While doctors roam scot-free, at times arrest warrants have been issued against these journalists for not turning up in courts.
Suddenly this issue of “female foeticide“, has got an able ambassador in Aamir Khan. Aamir in his debut TV show ‘Satymev Jayate‘ brought up the plight of females in this patriarchal society. Mothers who had braved the odds to bear a girl child, narrated their horrible story, driving every one to tears. Meena and Shripal also narrated their story of sting operation and Aamir was quick to assure of proper action. Surge of humanity came up condemning this social evil. Mooted by the overwhelming response from all quarters of the country and abroad, Aamir took up this issue with the Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Gehlot agreed to establish a single dedicated fast track court for all the 140 cases. He further assured to tackle cases of female foeticide on priority basis.
Well, its heartening to see a TV show making such an incredible social impact and mass awakening. But the real question is-
why do we need an Aamir Khan to get the system working??
Why did Ashok Gehlot or other CMs in the past turn a blind eye to this. Why should it take trial courts more than 7 years when there were clear evidences (video clips) of doctors openly demanding money to abort child. Gehlot is also answerable for his inaction in past.While on the surface, the joint press conference of Aamir Khan and Ashok Gehlot might be seen as major development, but politicians can’t be taken at their face value. He would be more than happy to make empty assurance in return for free publicity and cover page pictures.
People from all corners of India have suddenly realized how dreadful the menace of foeticide is. Unless one has been living under a rock, every one of us is fully aware of existence of this devil in the society. While it is good to know that we are still sensitive to the cause of humanity, at the same time we need to introspect for
‘Why do we always need a stirring to act?’
There are many other issues, as sensitive as this one like farmer suicide, dowry deaths, corruption, molestation etc. If we wait for Aamir Khan or some one else to take up all such issues before we act, most of these issues would remain unaddressed. Whether it be mass mobilization by anti-corruption movement of Anna Hazare, or it be campaign against female foeticide instigated by ‘Satyamev Jayate‘, we have proved that we have the audacity and guts to stand united against all odds. Now all we need to learn is to stand up on our own for a cause, we shouldn’t wait for someone to lead our way. Every social evil will hit us back some day. Female foeticide has already created skewed sex ratio in major parts of India. In places like Daman and Diu; there are 618 girls for every 1000 boys; and the condition is getting no better with every passing day. Brides for marriage are hard to find, and there are no signs of improvement in near future. So unless we act swiftly, all these socail evils would soon take a malignant form.
As Aamir said, ” Sirf hungama khada karna mera maksad nahi Meri.. koshish hain ki yeh surat badalni chahiye.. Mere seeney mien nahi toh tere seeney mien sahi.. Ho kahin bhi aag, lekin jalni chahiye..”
Its NOW or NEVER!!