Are we entitled to be called as human beings? Jagdish Rawtani28 February, 2012
Three-year old Falak was brutally beaten and abandoned by her own parents, because of no fault of her. But the question arises why was she battered in the first place? How could parents behave like demons? A fortnight later we hear another heart-piercing news.
THIS TIME it was Gudia, born outside the hospital gate and was dragged in by a swine. The mother was forced to deliver a baby outside as no bed or labour room was made available to her in the hospital. Is it fate that is to be blamed for this cruelty or is our society responsible for such unfortunate incidents? We often tend to resign to fate. In both these cases we see poverty as the foremost reason for what happened. Investigation in Falak’s case has revealed that she was born to a lady who was forced into the flesh-selling business and due to poverty was not able to raise her child.
Dejected and depressed, the mother lost her mental balance and tortured her own baby. This young mother had never lived a dignified life. She was exploited by powerful people who had both muscle and money. In case of Gudia also, we find poverty playing its role mercilessly. Government hospitals denied a bed and the poor parents did not have enough money to go to a private hospital for delivery. All their pleas for help fell on deaf ears and the baby’s delivery happened right outside the hospital.
Chasm between rich and poor is widening by the day. However, the bigger question remains: Who is responsible for the pathetic condition of these poor people and more importantly who makes them poor? We need to religiously analyze and find out the root cause. We have been frequently hearing the news of scams one after the other: 2G, Commonwealth, Adarsh Society, etc. There are discussions, arguments and counter arguments in the air-conditioned studios of News channels. Many culprits are caught and acquitted. Some are enjoying a luxurious life even in jail. And the game goes on.
You may ask the link between scams and two small babies. There is a direct link. Economy's big chunk is eaten away by unscrupulous rich people and consequently the poor become poorer to lead and die like a dog. Becoming rich is not wrong but accumulating money by wrong means is. Prevailing corruption in every sphere of society is dangerously growing. We only get to hear about big scams where a huge amount of money is involved but the corruption at lower level is equally big and can be calculated in billions and trillions.
Unfortunately, these cases do not come into the limelight too often. See the irony, even Gudia’s father had to grease the palms of the nurse and sweeper of the government hospital for help. Financial corruption is playing havoc and simultaneously rich and powerful people are denying the poor of their fundamental rights. Everywhere the rich gets the preference because of his access to the concerned authorities. When we hear about Falak and Gudia, we shed a tear or two without realizing that in a small or big way we all are responsible for the injustices done to these hapless babies. If we search our hearts we will surely find the lack of responsibility. Our Atamn should prick. Corruption of any kind has its repercussions directly on the society. There are hundreds and thousands of unreported cases that may be more horrible than these two in question. When will we wake up from slumber . When will humanity be born in these physical bodies? Are we entitled to call ourselves human beings?
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