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article imageSecond Episode of Satyamev Jayate, Topic-Child Sexual Abuse

By Pratidnya Bhat     May 14, 2012 in World
Mumbai - After tackling female foeticide in the first episode, another taboo in society- child sexual abuse was tackled in the second episode of Satyamev Jayate or “Truth Alone Prevails”.
Satyamev Jayate's second episode picked up from where the first one left off. If female foeticide was an issue that was being shoved under the carpet, then child sexual abuse was another one that is not in the open and the show used the platform to highlight it. This episode shocked the country by presenting the statistic that 53% of children allegedly undergo this abuse. A few cases were presented that further shocked the nation. There were real life cases of Anamika, Cindrella, Ganesh and Harish who further garnered courage and spoke out openly, that made all parents think twice about the people they trusted most in their family circles as well as their closest friends.
Anamika was abused by her tutor at a young age of six years, while Cindrella was abused by her parents’ most trusted friend when she was just 11 years old. Ganesh spoke about his abuser who used him for 11 years at a stretch, and Harish spoke about how he had turned into a stone, with no feelings after undergoing the pain and depression for being abused for years together, yet forgiving his abuser to find his own inner strength and peace.
All the stories shattered Indians and sent chills down their spines. The gist of the show was that, though there exists transparency between the parents and children, such instances go unnoticed rather uninformed which further depletes the mental health of the victims and traumatizes them forever. The reason why a kid doesn’t confide in his/her parents was further discussed with a counselor, and the most shocking revelation, that in India, there is no law on child sexual abuse was made. The fact that such incidents happen in well educated, upper class families has worsened the situation.
At the end of the show, Aamir Khan held a workshop for kids wherein he informed them about such dangerous incidents that might occur in their life and the means to handle such abuses in a safe manner by explaining the kids in a very friendly manner giving them more information about ‘good touch-bad touch’. Unfortunately the only loophole during the show was that there was no mention of child sexual abuse by parents, which is quite prominent. The mention of only male sexual assaulters left us feeling that the researchers could have done a bit more about the topic.
Yet again, a very disturbing and soul stirring issue was handled with absolute subtlety by Khan and just like the first episode; this episode too is making an impact in the government and political circles. The show analyzed the mental set up, and behavior of the abuser and also spoke about Childline India Foundation, the hotline that operates in 200 cities across India helping children who are sexually abused, or are faced with any kind of problem in their life.
The impact of the first episode was so strong that in Madhya Pradesh (Indian state); the Health Department has suspended the license of 65 Medical Termination of Pregnancy centers for not submitting their reports on the prescribed form. Hopefully this episode too, proves to be fruitful for India.
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