Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Chow ki na Chow (Whether you want it or not)

Yesterday was World Food day and hence through our show we tried to find out what featured in the top favourite street foods in this part of the country. The ratings were very similar to what we had expected, the top five favourites were chat, phuchka, biriyani, momo but the undoubted winner was  chowmein...
As we discussed about the mouth watering delicacies, a lovely article on a leading news daily came to my notice:
“Haryana khap blames consumption of chowmein for rapes
CHANDIGARH: A khap panchayat in Haryana's Jind district has blamed consumption of chowmein behind the growing incidents of rapes in the state saying it leads to hormonal imbalance." Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts," said Jitender Chhatar, a resident of Jind's Chhatar village and thua khap panchayat leader.”

For all those who disbelief the authenticity of this article they are most welcome to Google the same.
Well, people in general, scientist and doctors till now have not been able to justify the claims of Jitender Chhatar.
“This is just one of those stupid illogical statements the khap makes to gain publicity” exclaimed a listener who apparently found the statements entertaining. But given the fact that such “solutions” keep on coming from different powerful eminent personalities the last one being “Marry off girls at 16 to check rape” one  has to wonder what can be done to check the same.
 Possible solution 1:  Put a cello tape on the mouths of such leaders
Possible solution 2:  Take responsibility, as any developed society can guarantee a minimum level of security to its inhabitants.
 Possible solution 3:  Marry off all the girls by age 14,.... make the population problem worse,.... stop eating chowmien and.... hope and pray that such heinous crimes do not take place.
 The decision is in our hands. Given the state of affairs it’s high time we act responsibly...... ‘Chow ki na Chow’.

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