The first episode of Aamir Khan's Satyamev Jayate grabbed our attention and focused on a social curse that plaugues our society- Female Infanticide. Teejay Sidhu who is currently doing Balaji's Punjabi show Kitna Sona Tenu Rab Ne Banaya, has suffered at the hands of this curse! Teejay was born a girl and like many parents hers were disappointed on not having had a boy. She was born in Punjab in 1980 and later on Teejay went to the United States and completed her studies at Columbia University after which she shifted to India in the year 2002. Punjab as we know it is one of the states in India where the sex ratio is highly skewed.
Tellybuzz got in touch with Teejay to know more about her childhood days. She said, "I was born in Punjab where female infanticide is prevalent. Even my family members were not happy when I was born. I was the first child of my parents and they wished their first child to be a boy. I was born along with two more girls in my neighborhood, among which one was killed and the other went missing. My family members were upset when I was born as their myopic thought process wanted them to have a boy instead of a girl. But now my parents are proud of me for what I am today. They support me at every single step I take today."
Talking about the measures to be taken to remove female infanticide, she added, "Doctors should not contribute to such serious crime. Abortions should be strictly banned. Strong laws should be made and properly followed. Sonography should be banned."
She further added, "Female infanticide is an issue which should be removed from its root. Instead of banishing it from the society,its growing by leaps and bounds. Its being followed in many states and villages of India on a wide scale. Educated people should take an initiative to remove this curse from our society."
Talking about Satyamev Jayate, she said, "The show will surely bring a positive change in our society. It will act like a strong pillar for our society and help our society rise from evil clutches."
Teejay gave her best wishes to Aamir for the show and appreciated his initiative which she believes can do wonders to bring about a positive change in our society!
Reporter: Krishma Solanki
Author: Anwesha Kamal