I don’t watch much TV but on the one odd occasions that I happen to flick through channels, there is one song of an Indian serial that keeps catching my attention over & over. The Serial appears on one of the leading channels of India, StarPlus and name of the serial is Bidaai and title song is “Betiyan toh hoti hai paraai…. Bidaai” which means Daughters are strangers!! I fume every time I hear this.
In India where the masses watch Televsion and channels such as Zee , StarPlus, are among the top favorites, I find these kind of title songs & messages derogatory. This kind of content is in no way forward looking nor does it seek to empower women, which is the latest Hot Topic in India.
Many of these TV channels, Bollywood, serials depict and glorify domestic violence, stereotype women and in no way are ready to change their content. Viewers who care do not raise their voice but shut off their TV set or switch channels. And for those who don’t care, it becomes a family highlight evening after evening.
How will our society ever progress? Is our country really ready to Empower Women? Can We ??
I found this article in the Hindu very interesting. It raises some valid questions.