By Fareeha Qayoom
don’t watch cable TV as a rule. But I do sit with my mom when she watches television sometimes (just to be sociable).
A couple of days ago, I sat with her for a bit. Saw two shows (Drama) – “Khudda Dhek rah hai” – two characters – a husband and wife – were fighting. Apparently, the husband than very graphically and literally bashed his wife. Scene changed. A servant then ran to the parents and reported that “your son is hitting your daughter in law. Please go and save her.” The mother and lady of the house told the servant to butt out. It was not his business.
Another show – “Kaneez” or something. A man is apparently hitting a servant girl. (She is his secret wife) but his aunt doesn’t know that. She thinks he is having an affair with her or something. She catches him hitting her. The servant girl’s mom is also watching. Apparently, it’s no big deal. Both women take it for granted that this guy can slap this woman around…
What kind of television are we showing the masses? Are we raising awareness or doing its direct opposite – giving men the license to behave like that on national TV? You decide.
I personally do not subscribe to showing such graphic scenes (that involve hitting women) on national TV even if they are a work of fiction. You are just endorsing bad behavior. Please do not tell such stories. Find better subjects where women are respected and empowered. Not diminished and suppressed. I think the policy makers need to take notice.
Please do raise your voice if you agree with me.