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June 2012 New ET

June 2012 New ET

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Published by Swati Amar
This issue brings to you the dynamics of the parent-child bond and a lot of articles on how to keep yourself cool this summer. Remember, this magazines is for the voice of the citizens!
This issue brings to you the dynamics of the parent-child bond and a lot of articles on how to keep yourself cool this summer. Remember, this magazines is for the voice of the citizens!

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Published by: Swati Amar on Jun 07, 2012
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June 2012 1
an I hug you and give you a kiss?I was a little surprised whenmy maid’s granddaughter asked me. I threw my hands around herand gave her a bear hug. Rukmini has passed Plus 2 with 73 %inthe commerce stream. For many, it may not be a big deal. But forher, it is an achievement that has come about after untold sufferingsand intolerable burden on her fragile young shoulders. You guessed right…. She is just like any other girl child from a poor family. Brought up by her grandmotherwho married off her daughters as second wives with much older widowers whosechildren were older than their step mothers, Meenakshi is in a hurry to marry offRukmini the minute her roving eyes can spy a rich, eligible bachelor/widower nomatter what his age. Rukmini was given away by her mother because she was atwin and it was too much for her mother to handle, especially since her husbandhad passed away due to old age health issues!Rukmini does all the household chores, including cooking, washing, cleaning andhelps her grandmother work in a couple of households before rushing off toschool. Soon after her board exams, the old lady took her to a grocery shop tostart earning. Today ‘job options’ are aplenty for young girls like Rukmini whohave completed their Plus 2. They get ‘placed’ in small retail stores, grocery stores,retail chains, doctor’s clinics and hospitals and countless garment and saree shops, jewellery shops and whatever small and big business one can think of. It is adifferent matter whether these girls have the knowledge to handle customers andmerchandize or not. Well, Rukmini is earning a ‘handsome’ salary of Rs. 4000/- permonth which the grandmother wants to use for their upkeep. If possible she plansto buy little pieces of gold jewellery for her marriage, which will come in handy forher future alcoholic husband who can snatch it to pledge in a pawn shop.Despite every effort by the government as well as multitudes of NGOs and socialactivists, this is the plight of thousands of girls across the country who will betormented to continue the tradition of ignorance, superstitions, taboos and socialevils, languishing in poor homes, abused by alcoholic husbands, toiling arduouslyto feed and educate their young ones while they go to bed battered and hungry.The television is playing a huge role in perpetuating poverty, alcoholism, genderbias, domestic abuse, personality disorders, crime and violence and social evilsthrough the never ending serials and shockingly benumbing reality shows whereevery possible kind of dirty linen is washed in public, gleefully setting the TRP ratessoaring. There are no media laws to moderate such abominable programmes whichbridle any attempt by the society to inch forward.Amidst such a bleak scenario, I continue to battle with the grandmother, knockingat every possible avenue of support to enroll her in a college. Despite my offerto pay her fees, the grandmother is adamant about not sending her to college.The reality show she watches every night in a popular channel shows real lifestories where young girls, married or unmarried are wooed by rogues with sinistermotives. Rukmini continues to be starved of love and lives with the hope that herdream of becoming a simple graduate will come true. Of course, there’s no let upon her back breaking schedules. The girl child smiles back at me from a calendaron the wall of my living room!Ciao!Swati Amar
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