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I Love U ‘GIRL’

poor-girl-indiaThis is nothing to do with the love of my life, the Television. I will be using this post to discuss some of the problems that a ‘Girl’ child faces along the rural parts of India. The inspiration to this post comes from a couple of shows i watched on television. Yes, Most of my inspiration comes from television, it is one of the biggest and the most attractive method of learning. Inspiration is also derived from an LK Advani’s post on his website, which he is promoting all over the internet courtesy Google Ad’s. Link to which i will give as i start discussing a policy he suggests to inspire education amongst the girls.

India has a past history of murdering the girl child after birth as the parents think the child would only be an extra burden in their life. If you think the problem doesn’t exist, think again. Rural parts of Rajasthan, Bihar, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, and almost all states of the country witness a number of girl child deaths all year.

The numbers are not made public, but i can assure you that the number is not zero. It has significantly reduced over the years, but is not completely out. Indian Statistics show that over the year the Male-Female ratio has increased to a significant number to 9.25 to 10 of what was 8 out of 10 Females to Males in the early 90’s. Thanks to Indian shows like ‘Na Aana mere Des – Laado’ aired on Colors at 10.30 IST, people around India are understanding the problem surrounding them.

The plot is focused around, killing of the female child by their parents days after birth. At one point even called as ‘ab-shugni’ (‘Bad Luck’) to the whole village. It surrounds the life of a woman who struggles to save the lives of these new-born and the mothers fighting against the rules of the society. The leader of the Gram-Panchayat, who is also a woman, kills his son’s very first child because it was a girl. The mother, insulted for giving birth to a girl. It’s hit amongst the audience, but the question remains: Should shows like these which focus on problems more than solutions be banned?

Personally, I’d like to see more shows in the likes of the same topic, as long as they focus on the topic more than just masala to attract the audiences. Who is the Target Audience? The target audience for such shows should be the rural public who are the root of such problems in the Indian Society, not that the urban population is not involved. We live in a city and the reach of the channel is much better when compared to what it will be in the rural zones of India. As long as it helps the cause, I don’t mind any such shows.

Inspiration 2, comes from what i saw on discovery channel, the host took to the streets of Pakistan to know and understand what lied beneath, what the world believes the worst economy ofย  the world. What was a segment of the show moved my heart.. I felt sad and was almost in tears.

It was about how a popular woman whose name evades me, helped the helpless women with a job and a better living. The helpless women were women who were burnt alive by their husbands and the in-laws for wanting to do that the family was against. One victim said that she was burnt alive because sheย  wanted to become a Air-Hostess, the other informed that her tragedy was because the doctor’s claimed her of being impotent meaning she was not capable of giving birth to a child.

A shocking message, the host said that there were over a thousand women working in the chain of salons having lived the tragedy.

Another part of the same show took us to a village in remotest areas of Pakistan where farmers and their families were exploited by the land lords. A German NGO works full time in these villages and negotiates with the land lords with money to take the families out of trouble. No government or police support what-so-ever.

When asked about why the family didn’t go to any place else even after being victims to such torture, the man of the house said that he had no education or the money that would help him survive any where in the country. The women informed that all her children were sexually exploited by the land lords, but also said that she would kill the land lord if given a chance. Such families are now given work, food and a life thanks to people who want to see a better society.

What’s the solution?
Education? It may help bring a change. Educated people think differently than the illiterate ones. Education disciplines the lives. In a Country like India where a dog or a cow is given more importance than the girl child, how do we expect people to send the girls to the school. To bring about a change, LK Advani has brought about a proposal to help the change. Read about the policy here: Ladli laxmi Yojana

Money could play a motivating factor, If a father knows that he will be able to get some money by educating the child, it could motivate him to send the girl to school. There are a number of problems associated, one can possibly think of at least 10 reasons why this will fail, but a policy such as this is a step towards that change.

Please note, I’m not promoting MR. Advani for the post of the prime minister of India for this electoral elections, The policy turned to be a motivating factor for the blog, and in an effort to spread theย  good I linked the blog here.

I have always had problems talking to people who only complain, People who do not have any solution to the problem.. People who think Politics is easy and for that matter the post of the Prime Minister or the President is a simple affair..

This problem is there, I hope you agree and we have to face up with it. I liked Slumdog Millionaire because it showed what the probelms that the children face in Dharavi, Mumbai..Or for that matter in any slum in India. We only comment on how it was shown, but are we trying to change it? The Kids who played important roles in the movie, continue going to corporation school and continue livingin huts.. What are we trying to prove to the world?

Stop complaining, Take the challenge.. Inspire a change.

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Kunal Janu

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  1. April 3, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    This is nothing to do with the love of my life, the Television…..The inspiration to this post comes from a couple of shows i watched on television..”

    Kindly explain!!

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  2. April 3, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Oh btw.. Good or bad I don’t know.. But we do have little girls and guys working at our homes, servants as we call them!! But the maximum I personally do, is to teach them basic mathematics, English & hindi..!! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜

  3. Kunal
    April 6, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Ambika

    Explaination: Whenever it’s love, people think it’s television. The post was intended to draw attention to what’s happening in India and around the world.. and the’s what i meant..

    I think i need to phrase it correctly..” It’s got nothing to do with the love for television..”

    It’s called Child labour.. and it’s bad.. considering they dont go to school.. but since they have no money and their families cannot afford education, it’s upon us to help them.. U have them work in your house and pay for it.. and also make sure they get some basic education is kinda cute..

    Kunal Janu

  4. April 7, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Oh!! So does that make me cute as well??

  5. Kunal
    April 8, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Ambika.. Is there a doubt?

    Kunal

  6. April 8, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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