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|by G Swaminathan|
The recent installment of ‘Satymev Jayate’ treated once again the topic of male chauvinism in terms of ‘Domestic Violence’. It was not much different from that of the dowry episode where a couple of submissive victims and a rebel who have been subjugated by physical violence by their husbands to the point of breaking the marriage.
The provisions in laws available for such victims are once again highlighted by a superintendet of police and the reasons were analyzed by a counseling person and Azad Foundation which helps such deserted women to find a living figured in the program.
If Aamir Khan is designing his program mainly to impress women viewers, it is his choice and prerogative. But, here definitely a few points to be mentioned especially on this topic.
‘Domestic Violence’ the main part being wives manhandled mercilessly by their husbands is in existence time immemorial in India. It has been accepted as part of everyone’s life by both men and women. In the program itself you saw no men felt ashamed of wife beating.
The immense viewership and patronage given to all those ‘Saas-Bahu’ serials and ‘manly’ movies where ‘taming of the shrew’ directly relate to this aspect. Though physical abuse is bad both on the grounds moral and ethical aspects, as long as women are ready to swallow such insults and abuse it is hardly possible for any outsider to offer judgment in such cases.
The major concerns here are the submissiveness of the women because of financial constraints and the effect of such brutalities on the children who get affected by the acts. But, days have changed. There are many divorcees and single parents today in the middle and upper middle class. In the lower class wife beating is a common affair and draws least attention.
A decent, dignified, educated, well employed woman colleague of mine who had been subjected to very serious domestic tortures by her late alcoholic husband still keeps him at high esteem in her mind. It was both shocking and surprising to me since she said that she had never even divulged the difficulties she had gone through in the early life to her two sons who are now grown up and well placed. Amazing, isn’t it? That is probably our typical ‘Bharatiya Nari’!
We always feel proud of our cultural anchors and belief in destiny. ‘Domestic Violence’ and ‘Male Chauvinism’ are integral parts of that. If Aamir Khan had chosen this as a serious societal malaise, I am sorry, he is wrong.
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