What a shame!

Woman's Era - - Contents - T. Ra­jagopalan

In In­dia there are nu­mer­ous wrong­do­ings, some mon­strous and heart­less which are not clas­si­fied as crimes pun­ish­able un­der IPC. These un­scrupu­lous peo­ple go scot-free af­ter com­mit­ting their abom­inable crimes.

Late film di­rec­tor K. Balachan­der in his mov­ing movie Kaaviya Tha­laivi pro­duced in Tamil brings this out in bold re­lief. A scoundrel, by some hook or crook weds a woman who earns some money if only to keep the pot boil­ing in the house. This de­spi­ca­ble hus­band of hers bleeds her white by tak­ing away her small earn­ings. Gemini Ganesh, a lawyer points to rows and rows of law books stacked in shelves and says with a woe­be­gone ex­pres­sion on his face that there is not even a re­mote cor­ner in any of these law tomes where a pro­vi­sion to pun­ish these ex­e­crable men, the in­car­na­tions of evil, can be done.

What about the par­ents, who are out to coin ill­got­ten and filthy money by dress­ing their in­no­cent offsprings as di­vine crea­ture and ex­ploit­ing the gullible god-fear­ing folk by show­ing the kids as di­vini­ties? Theirs is not a crime, al­beit mon­strous, un­der any sec­tion of In­dian Pe­nal Code.

In Luc­know (UP) an 11-year old girl, Kush­boo was born an or­di­nary girl but when she died she had been turned into a de­ity. In a bizarre se­quence of events, this girl, a res­i­dent of Bi­juliyadi vil­lage in Ay­o­d­hya was like any other nor­mal girl till she at­tained ma­tu­rity where af­ter her par­ents wit­nessed in their dreams that they were be­ing paid a visit by a god­dess. The fol­low­ing day their daugh­ter Kush­boo fell ill and the par­ents pro­claimed that the god­dess had en­tered her body. In­stead of shift­ing her to the near­est hos­pi­tal the ver­min’s of the par­ents dressed her up in bridal fin­ery and made her carry a tr­ishul (tri­dent) in her hand. Like a wild fire the word spread that a god­dess had en­tered the home of the par­ents and quickly there formed a queue to take bless­ings of this di­vine crea­ture.

This “god­dess” be­came weak be­cause of be­ing forced to ob­serve mauna vrata (vow of si­lence) and the crowd swelled. The in­no­cent girl was made to starve and when the vil­lagers started mak­ing prepa­ra­tions to build a tem­ple on the spot she per­ished. Ram Babu, who sired this girl, felt proud of her stat­ing that a devi chose to en­ter her body. He flatly de­clined to be­lieve his daugh­ter was no more. But po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion started to take its in­ex­orable course.

In a par­al­lel in­ci­dent in Hy­der­abad, the daugh­ter of a jew­eller, Ag­gar­wal’s child was al­lowed to fast for 64 days till she breathed her last. This 13 year old’s mor­tal re­mains were dressed like a god­dess and taken a round the bustling city in a dec­o­rated char­iot. In this case both her par­ents felt that their daugh­ter had at­tained the feet of god and that would bring them more and more riches.

A re­port from Bala­sore, Odisha, said that num­ber­less

peo­ple had trooped into a house to have a dar­shan and also wor­ship an in­fant born with both male and fe­male gen­i­talia. The baby was de­scribed as an in­car­na­tion of the Hindu god Shiva and his con­sort Par­vati. The in­fant was born to Bai­jayanti Singh in Ayo­ghya Na­gar Patana vil­lage in Bala­sore dist., 200 kms from Bhu­vanesh­war. De­scrib­ing the phe­nom­e­non, se­nior gy­nae­col­o­gist S.N. Sahu said. “It’s called an in­ter­sex con­gen­i­tal anom­aly of re­pro­duc­tive and sex­ual sys­tems.” He rub­bished the be­lief that the child was a com­bi­na­tion of Lord Shiva and Par­vati, who de­scended from their abode Kailash.

In these days of wild ru­mours, an ab­so­lutely bizarre in­for­ma­tion made thou­sands of per­sons in­clud­ing chil­dren keep awake all through the night as word spread like for­est fire that a new­born baby had spo­ken to its par­ents, ad­min­is­ter­ing them a stern warn­ing that if any­one were to sleep that per­son would die very soon.

Ru­mours started mag­ni­fy­ing as they spread. Myr­iad per­sons said they ac­tu­ally saw the baby with many hands and legs. Hy­der­abad po­lice was alerted and they started pa­trolling the ar­eas from where this lu­di­crous news orig­i­nated. They ap­pealed to the peo­ple not to lend cre­dence to these base­less ru­mours but to no avail.


A news from Adi­l­abad in Andhra Pradesh said that Adi­va­sis pan­icked af­ter the ru­mour of an earth­quake spread in the area. Peo­ple started per­form­ing spe­cial pu­jas to the tribal de­ity In­dra­mal (vil­lage god­dess Pochamma) in In­drav­elli. A throng of peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in these pu­jas per­formed to avert the earth­quake.

Nine-year-old Ra­jwant hail­ing from Bal­lia dis­trict in Ut­tar Pradesh comes to Kumbh­mela in Al­la­habad ac­com­pa­nied by his fa­ther, a daily wage labourer. Whereas the fa­ther earns ` 200 a day his son earns up to ` 1,000. The boy smears cheap sil­ver paint on his face and wears a wig. His el­der sib­ling Bal­want (14) com­pletes the make-up and Ra­jwant gets ready to pose as Lord Shiva. Hold­ing a ‘dum­roo’ in one hand and a tri­dent in an­other, he moves around chant­ing “Om Namah Shivay”. Within min­utes he at­tracts peo­ple like a for­bid­den fruit. Peo­ple throng around him, touch his feet and lav­ishly of­fer him money in coins and cur­ren­cies and af­ter col­lect­ing all the money, he leaves. He said that in the course of this mela he had made around ` 15,000 ru­pees. In­ci­dents like these are com­mon­place in melas and ja­tras. He also be­came a poster­boy of sorts dur­ing such melas.

State Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (SHRC) said there were gross vi­o­la­tions of child rights in the in­stance of eight-year-old Sam­bavi from Kurnool dis­trict who is touted as an in­car­na­tion of the Ti­betan spir­i­tual leader, the Dalai Lama. SHRC di­rected Sam­bavi’s par­ents to de­sist from say­ing or do­ing any­thing that projects the girl as a god­dess.

Jus­tice B. Sub­hasan Reddy, SHRC chair­man, said that Sam­bavi’s mother can­not in­duce hal­lu­ci­na­tions into the girl’s mind that she is a di­vine be­ing. SHRC fur­ther clar­i­fied that Sam­bavi is not a su­per­nat­u­ral per­son en­dowed with di­vine pow­ers, iso­lat­ing her from her nat­u­ral sur­round­ings and be­hav­ing like a saint con­fined to a place at­tract­ing devo­tees. What a land­mark judg­ment to free in­no­cent kids from the shack­les of their greedy par­ents who mint money by dis­play­ing the poor kids as deities.

All gov­ern­ments in In­dia should take a les­son from this path­break­ing ver­dict and save the chil­dren of our coun­try who if sent to schools may be­come great sci­en­tists or physi­cians and serve the suf­fer­ing pub­lic.

It’s a pity such in­no­cent kids are ex­ploited in this bru­tal way. We


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