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Jun 16, 2006 11:04 PM 7298 Views
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(this is not a stunt I am pulling either)

Matrubhoomi – The MOTHERland…ironical, isn’t it? The same mother that we so revere will kill or be forced to kill her child, just because it is a girl, the same girl mind you, who if she is allowed to survive, will go on to become a mother and will be forced to kill her own child!!!!!

The Movie

The very first scene is a woman in labor, and her husband is pacing around in anticipation. As soon as the cry of a baby is heard, all the men folk rejoice. But the happiness is short lived. The Mid-wife informs them with a grim look that a ‘girl’ is born, and the father slumps with sorrow.Next you see a big vat of milk. The father is holding the naked child in his hands. He raises her skywards and says ‘Agle Baar Ladka’. Then he lowers her into the vat and holds the struggling baby down till she drowns. In her death he hopes will lay a sacrifice, which will bless him with a son the next time around.

We then meet Kalki, who is married off to five brothers, raped by her father in law, on her wedding night, a right on her which he claims. Every night, a different brother comes in, and all she has to do is lift her dress up. The only one who really cares for her is the youngest brother, who treats her like a human being as compared to all the others that treat her like a piece of meat. He is quickly disposed off with because the other four brothers see the Kalki bestowing her love on him. Her father, rather than protecting her, claims money from her father in law for sleeping with her.

Kalki tries to run away from all the torture with the help of the young servant “dalit” boy. On the way the brothers catch up to them and shoot the servant boy dead and drag back Kalki and chain her up in the cow shed along side a buffalo. Her miseries only escalate here, when she is laying on the hard ground near the dung and the urine surrounding her. A new servant boy is brought into the house, and he steals food so that he can feed her. The brothers still pay her visits every night, and all she is expected to do is raise her dress for their satisfaction. At the same time, the brother of the dead servant boy and his friend, sneak into the house with revenge on their mind. But on encountering Kalki all tied up, they take the chance and rape her.

Kalki gets pregnant, and then all the brothers, the father and the dalit man, claim to be the father. All hell breaks loose and people start killing each other. Amidst all this chaos, and everyone being killed, Kalki goes into labor, and gives birth to a baby girl.

I liked the movie, and went researching on this topic. To say the least I was APPAULED. This movie is NOT Fiction,it is reality ....Read on.!!!!


It is estimated that 10 million female foetuses have been aborted inIndia over the last two decades.Latest census figures show 922 female births for every 1,000 in Rajasthan, but in some of the worst-affected districts that number drops as low as 820.

Some Stories

Street spirit:After six daughters, when Kalpa got pregnant for the seventh time, her husband threw her out of the house on the grounds of her being a girl-bearing wretch. She gave birth to her seventh daughter on the streets, who died soon after. Kalpa now shares quarters with mentally unstable women at a short-stay shelter. Her husband has remarried since then.

An endless journey: Married off at the age of 13, Rajbala's reproductive journey began six months later. At 27 today, she is pregnant yet again, even though the youngest of her six daughters is barely 5 months old. This time she can only pray that her mother-in-law's insistence for a male child is fulfilled. For now, she dresses her girls up as boys

Against saner judgement:Bani has conceived 11 times till date. While five of these ended in miscarriages, six of her daughters are alive. She continues to try for a male child even though she has been medically advised against it.

Reality of MATRUBHOOMI!!!!

One of India's richest states Haryana today ranks at the bottom of the ladder in terms of sex ratio, with only four other states faring worse. There are far fewer women in Haryana than men and this has led to a scarcity of suitable brides.

There are many such belts in Haryana where the men have bought brides off poor parents from different parts of the country. In these marriages, only the boundaries of religion are not transgressed, while those of caste and language blur invariably. Baghola village, for instance, has brides being brought in from Assam, Bengal and Hyderabad.

Haryana's shrinking sex ratio has led to such a massive shortage of that girls have become products for sale. "I'm a poor man. I could not find a girl here. The man from Marab got me a girl for Rs 3,000," says Kallu Khan, a villager. "We are helpless as there are no girls." says Isro, a bachelor.

And the high demand for young brides has kept some age-old customs like bartering of girls alive the process of bartering girls is called 'Roda'. Over time, it has transformed into nothing but an inter-community trafficking of young girls. Young girls are also bought for a price, which goes up to Rs 50 - Rs 60,000.

Some Stories

An unfair price:Finding it difficult to get local brides, Dheeru, a 40-year old truck driver, arranged for two girls from Orissa for his younger brothers. He then got an 18-year old Bengali girl for himself. Allegedly, he often finds brides for his bachelor friends, but at a price.

Courting luckless lady:20-year old Chandni's neighbours brought her 11 months ago from Orissa to 'help' her settle in Delhi. Instead, she was married off to Jabbar, a 70-year old widower with six daughters who lives in a village in Haryana with his 60-year old bachelor brother. Chandni is being treated well for now, as her husband has found out that she is carrying a son.

Gender's sour harvest:In rural Punjab, a desire to keep family holdings intact had led to the trend of polyandrous unions. Now, faced with a severe shortage of women, only one or two brothers in a family manage to get married by showing their combined land as a single brother's share. And women who've been 'purchased' from poorer regions end up as modern-day 'Draupadis'.

All in the family:Jaspreet is married to the eldest brother in a family of five. For a while, she also had to look after the other four, as the family didn't have adequate land to show for all. In time, this arrangement allowed them to purchase more land and the middle brother got married to Veena. The two women now run adjoining houses, and take care of the remaining single brothers between them.

The killing past:After her mother's death, Savita's father got a woman from Bengal for himself. Later, he married Savita off, fully aware of the role she'd have to play in a family that had three unmarried brothers. Like Savita, most women who find themselves in trafficking or polyandrous situations.

I am sure that you as shocked as I am. I do not claim to be the source of the information provided above. I am pasting the link to the source of all this information, check it out, I ask this of you.


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