Given the huge positive feedback generated by the pilot episode that tackled the contentious subject of female foeticide both in rural and urban India, Aamir succeeded in setting up of fast track courts in Rajasthan to solve impending cases of female foeticide.
Chief Minister of Rajasthan assured Aamir Khan that they will take strict action for female foeticide. We hope that this “Assurance” is not just another “Assurance”.
The second episode of Aamir Khan’s television show Satyamev Jayate deals with another bitter truth of society which is the issue of child abuse.
A survey conducted in 2007 by the Women and Child Development Ministry and the NGO Prayas in association with Unicef and Save the Children across 13 states and with a sample size of 12,447, found that 53.22% of children reported having faced one or more forms of sexual abuse. Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Assam and Delhi had reported the highest percentage of such incidents at that time. In 50% of the cases, the abusers were known to the child or were in a position of trust and responsibility and most children did not report the matter to anyone.
According to the sources, Aamir has been working with a string of NGOs working with children abused sexually either at home or outside, often by people they trust. The second episode has shown the cases of Cindrella Prakash and Harish Aiyer who have gone through bad experiences of child sexual abuse in their past.
We really appreciate the words of Cindrella, who said “The incident should haunt him, why me?.” Harish Iyer from Mumbai also spoke about his dreadful childhood and how he was raped for over a number of years by his male relative.
And both of these guests at Aamir’s show need to be applauded for showing the courage of coming in front of the camera and speaking about the worst experiences of their lives. The society actually needs an awareness that do not make this issue a taboo but encourages the people to talk about such issues and make the children understand the fact that any such incident is an attack on their individuality and personality and that they need to shout out loud if they come face to face with any such mishap.