Image courtesy – Mayank Austen Soofi
Recently on Indiblogger platform, I came to know a shocking story of a septuagenarian puppet salesman Mr. P M Sahay. This blog of Mayank Austen Soofi tells us more.
If this link is to be believed then Mr. Sahay has retired as a Bank Manager and after retirement, his entire life’s savings was given to his CA son for opening his own office. Unfortunately, his son died in an accident in Bahrain (but he does not believe that) and his entire life’s savings are gone with the death of his son.
Even though the bloggers’ platform has raised their voice to support this man, to get him an office of his own in Delhi and support of another kind as he has no option but to continue like this till he dies. And the reason stated by everyone is that he has a wife and a daughter to support.
The sickening part of the story is people (and mostly men) reading this story first thinks that his son needs to be kicked in the** if found alive. People from CA forum are trying to trace his son’s whereabouts from the CA registration number.
Whereas it is a good sign that society recognizes the issue faced by a man at his old age, I am surprised to note that no blogger or writer has ever found anything wrong in his wife or daughter or Daughter-in-law not working to support the family. Instead, they depend on this 74-year-old man for their life support. This is not only a shame for the society but also for those who shout women empowerment all the time. This once again proves my point that women DO NOT have any responsibility in their family and still, we are fighting to give their property rights in husband’s property.
This story of Mr Sahay being forced to sell puppets on Delhi street to support his family once again establishes the need of immediate setting up of a National Commission for Men to look after men’s issues and a Ministry for Men’s Welfare so that people like Mr. Sahay can live in peace in their old age and their young daughters-in-law take some responsibility in life.
Hope the political parties who are busy making election manifestos for 2014 election with hefty promises for women empowerment are listening and they feel ashamed for making the lives of the vast majority of Indian taxpayers (the men) unsafe by not keeping any support system for them. It is time for everyone to realize that Rights do come with Huge Responsibility.