Aamir Khan deals with female foeticide in Satyamev Jayate
Disbelief, horror, tears, smiles — Aamir Khan evoked all this among his rapt audience as he dealt with the sensitive topic of female foeticide and bias toward the male child in the first episode of Satyamev Jayate- without being preachy.
There were many moist eyes among those in the TV audience and many more at homes and offices across India as people tuned in to watch the much-awaited programme, which Aamir said in his ads that he wanted to replicate the phenomena created by the epic “Mahabharat” and “Ramayana” teleserials of yore on Sunday mornings.
The maiden episode highlighted how unethical medical practitioners are hand in glove with families wanting to kill the female unborn baby.
He also dispelled the perception among people that female foeticide is practised by rural people or those living in small towns with Mitu Khurana’s case. She is a doctor who has left home to save her twin daughters from death from her educated in-law’s family.
The episode started with the case of Amisha Yagnik from Ahmedabad who said she was forced to abort her female unborn child six times in eight years, while Parveen Khan, from Morena, Madhya Pradesh, was brutally bitten by her husband on her face for having given birth to a girl child against his wishes.
Delhi-based doctor Mitu Khurana was asked by her orthopaedic surgeon husband and in-laws to abort her girl twins just after 20 weeks of conceiving.
Her mother-in-law, a retired vice-principal from a Rohtak school, kicked a baby basket with one of the babies down the stairs. Miraculously, the child was saved.
“My mother-in-law was so much against my kids that she tried to kill them even after their birth,” she said on the show.