The first show is about female foeticide, the abortion of baby girls. This is the first time this topic has been openly discussed on Indian TV, and hats off to Aamir Khan for discussing such an emotionally intense topic, but one which has needed to be done for a very long time.
The story of many of the women on the show, begins from the first day they find out they’re pregnant. From then, their husbands would make them go for their regular check ups, on the check up of their three months, their husbands and their families would get an ultra sound done to check the sex of the child. With the results of their ultrasound, if the woman is due to give birth to a girl, they would get it aborted, because the husbands want a son. For one woman, she underwent an abortion six to eight times! One woman had her face mauled by her husband because she gave birth to two daughters, he doesn’t even deserve to called a human being, he’s an animal, only an animal can inflict such harm and pain on a human.
These same men that want a son, to carry on their lineage, to give them a standing in society, were these men not born of women? Do they not bow their heads and utter the words ‘Jai Mata Di’? How can you respect your mother, bow your heads to female deities and yet you do not want a daughter?
In my opinion, a child is a gift, whatever it’s gender. Selective abortion in India is still on the rise, and because of this there is now to many boys and not enough girls. What happens when these boys get older, and they become of marriageable age? The show showed a group of 25 bachelors, all of marriageable age, but no girls. The current ratio of girls to boys in India is 914 to 1000. An astonishing drop from 917 to 1000 in 2001.
In India, the woman is always blamed for the gender of the baby, but the lack of educated people in India results in such drastic steps being taken. The man’s sperm determines what sex the child will be, yet this fact is not widely known, especially within rural India where the majority of these abortions take place.
Throughout the show I cried from beginning to end, and I recommend you all to watch it. Such a powerful message was portrayed at the end of the show and that is ‘Will Mother India only be a mother to boys?’.
Aamir Khan has done a great job portraying a difficult subject like this, and I hope it makes the men of India think of the severity of their actions, and realise that babies, wether boy or girl, is a special gift.
Satyamev Jayate on Star Plus, Sunday’s 11am.