What a shame!
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.
REPERCUSSION OF RUMOURS
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
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?