Was there anything new in what Aamir Khan spoke about in his show?. All of us, the so called responsible citizens of a quasi-developed country, are aware of every iota of it. Female foeticide is not at all a new concept, and the torture of women is nothing astounding either. What left me shocked is the encounter with the the very starkness of the truth.
We live in a society where women are murdered even before they begin to breathe, and somehow if they are able to evade death in the womb, they are raised and brought up to fight with a plethora of evils throughout their lives. The harsh statistics leaves us with no choice but to hang our heads in despair and helplessness. Truth, they said, was stranger than fiction. What they did not say, however, is that it is potent enough to kill. Or to resurrect. That part of ourselves called conscience.
Out of the 914 girls who survive against every 1000 guys, scores of them are raped, a considerable percentage killed for dowry, many more tortured for speaking out against the wrongs done to them. Sons are born to smiling faces, and daughters are wiped off from the face of the earth – and sighs of relief are heaved once the ‘job’ is done. Aamir Khan’s ‘Satyamev Jayate’ has jolted the consciousness of many human beings awake. The million dollar question now remains – will we be able to continue the crusade against the wrongs done to women, or will this too, leave us like a passing tide, with only the residues of emotions in our hearts?