Thursday, April 12, 2012

GuestSpeak: Truth or Dare

Well this is my first guest post and I was thrilled when I was invited to be a guest blogger for 'Hold the thought, Get the point'.
I feel honored to write a post for such a notable blogger, though it took me awhile to think of a topic to write about and it struck me while watching Sach ka Saamna
One particular episode shocked me to the extent, that there was no way I wouldn't have written about it and discussed the subject with fellow bloggers.

So here goes:
photo credit: A passion to understand

She smiled through out the show while nodding her head in affirmative to all the answers except three ,Yes this was an episode of Sach ka Saamna, a reality show in which contestants are asked a few questions about their lives to which they have to answer in Yes or No and the answers are checked via a polygraph test also known as a lie detector test.
1: Were you ever molested by your father?
'Yes, but he couldn't do it', she added to rescue him from embarrassment .
He was sitting right across along with his wife, son and son-in law. The father through out the show talked about society and morals, who did not accept this girl and her husband for having eloped and getting married, a father who after so many years does not realise that what he sees as his daughter now is a personality developed by his own faults, surprisingly the mother accepted that the girl had discussed the issue with her but was kept under cover. Such mothers certainly deserve salutation. The daughter also confessed that she could never forgive her mother for not doing enough, nor she could ever forgive her for addressing her as a "prostitute" when she eloped with her lover, who is her husband now.

2: Were you ever molested by your brother?
Before she could answer the question, buzzer goes off and guess who pressed it, her own brother.
So, the question went unanswered but neither mother nor her father turned to look at their son. The rule is that if the friends/relatives of the contestant present at the show dont want to hear the answer to a particular question they can press the buzzer,this can be done only once in the entire show.

3: Have you forgiven your husband for having betrayed you? 
Yes. The answer is wrong!

Such is the state of our society. I will not say that it happens in every household but is quite common.
Why don't we talk about some law to punish such offenders? I had often heard of such cases but it was the first time I saw a victim of incest who despite having been hurt had the courage to smile and carry the burden within.
I must say it gave me shivers, but I was quite happy for her for having won a prize money of Rs 10,00,000. The best thing that could have happened to her in the show was that her husband who looked quite offended through out, hugged his wife and said 'We were paired in heaven and I am very proud of my wife'.
A happy ending but an eye opener for any one who must have watched the show but unfortunately forgotten by now.

The crux of the story, we all cry rape but there are several other social evils that plague our society and incest is one of them. Unlike a rape victim, a victim of incest suffers silently at the hands of a family member and it may continue for years . The most painful part in most of such cases, the victim is unable to disclose it to any one and even if she does the matter never gets reported to police . A punishable crime which will continue to flourish untill some awareness is brought about among girls to open up their mouth like a rape victim does.

Written for 'Hold the Thought, Get the Point' by our guest blogger Alka Narula.
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