It was time for the entire nation to find out about the 3rd social evil that our society is living with, you can also say that we are used to this issue. As always the suspense was kept till the last minute about last episode of Satyamev Jayate that aired yesterday. There was also a short promo that showed Aamir talking about about the passion of Indians. And then on Sunday he revealed the issue, Indian marriages and the evils of dowry harassment.
Did you know that the earlier two episodes that dealt with social issues like female infanticide and child abuse, had marked a milestone with 90 million viewer ship, which is the highest ever for any Indian TV Show.
The 3rd eposide was about the custom of demanding dowry from a bride’s family when a wedding is fixed has been prevalent in India for several decades. You might say that is a well know fact and everyone knows that it happens almost everywhere in India. Well this event often takes an evil turn when the bride is tortured or killed just because her family is unable to meet demands from the in-laws. As shown in the previous episodes there are laws in India about this but this social evil continues to flourish.
In this eposide there was a sense of keeping the shock value down, yet it managed to make an impact on the audience. As you might have noticed that there were a lot of young people in the audience in yesterday’s episode. May be Aamir and team were trying to send a message to the youth about this important issue. The show did focus on the ways to combat this evil and made a lot of emphasis that best way to do this is by empowering women. Also it was evident that Aamir did not want to hold anyone guilty nor did he mention about the Indian Laws unlike previous eposides. But he stronlgy feels that families and the members of each and every community must come together and take a stand against it.
As always the guests and the stories shown in the show are very shocking and one of the guest just kept asking one question “Is this the kind of society we live in?”
Every Sunday there is a lot of activity in the world of twitter about the show and the topic. Following are some of the tweets related to yesterday’s topic :
Sagarika Ghose @sagarikaghose
Satyamev Jayate was very good again today. The plight of abandoned NRI brides told sensitively. A true hero @aamir_khan
KABIR BEDI @iKabirBedi
I have never taken, or given, #dowry. But a seismic change in old beliefs must happen for Indians to reject it @smjindia
Satyamev Jayate @smjindia
#RaniTripathi says, she can do everything a man can & more, then why should she pay #dowry?
Satyamev Jayate @smjindia
“No band, no baaja, no baraat”, a Tanzeem Khuddam-E-Millat initiative says marriages should be simple without #dowry
Do let us know your views about this Big Fat Indian Wedding and the ill effects of the same. Also let us know if you felt that the shock value was a bit limited in the 3rd episode compared to the 1st two episodes.