Indo-Asian News Service
May 09, 2012 19:37 IST
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday assured actor Aamir Khan, whose TV show Satyamev Jayate created a storm with its in-depth study of female foeticide, that he would take up the issue of a fast track court with the state chief justice so that justice was expedited.
Addressing a press conference with Aamir by his side, the chief minister said the show brought reality to the forefront. "I never heard about his show before it went on air," he said, adding that the matter had now been exposed.
"We are doing a lot of work towards the issue," Mr Gehlot said.
"But to handle this problem we need the support of the state police. He has already done a lot through his show," Mr Gehlot said.
On Tuesday, Mr Gehlot tweeted: "Satyamev Jayate is a great and extra ordinary initiative to root out female foeticide. I am eager to have a fruitful dialogue with Aamir on May 9."
Satyamev Jayate, which was telecast on Sunday (May 8), discussed female foeticide through case studies. It also featured Meena Sharma and Shripal Shaktawat, two Rajasthan-based TV journalists who had conducted a sting operation seven years ago. The sting had covered 140 doctors involved in sex determination tests and abortions. After the expose, the Rajasthan government had started a probe against the doctors but no conclusive action was taken.
Aamir met Mr Gehlot to request the creation of a fast track court to decide the cases of the doctors, none of who have been penalized saying he had made "a specific request to the chief minister that all cases related to the show" be decided at the earliest.
The star was hopeful that his debut TV show, telecast on Doordarshan and Star Plus, would "touch people's hearts". He said, "I want every Indian to see the show and say - I will not do this wrong...or allow anyone else in my family to do this wrong." Satyamev Jayate will explore 13 different social issues.
Aamir said, "I was expecting that I would be able to touch people's heart with the show and I am glad to see the effect of the show. I am happy about it."
"I am not an activist, I am an entertainer. I only try to reach people's heart. I am not here to talk about issues seven days a week.. I am an entertainer, and that is what I am passionate about.
"I want to touch people's emotions and know their feelings, whether it is through a film like Dhoom 3 or through this show.
"As an entertainer, it is not necessary that I only make people laugh, it means that I should be able to evoke all emotions in them."