It takes a Rakhi Sawant to outdo herself. Nobody can beat the loud-mouthed actress in saying the most bizarre of things and getting away with it. And she won’t take things lying down when it has something to do with women empowerment.
Rakhi is shattered by the recent death of her “close friend” TV actress Pratyusha Banerjee. Last week, Banerjee allegedly killed herself by hanging from a ceiling fan in her Mumbai residence.
Rakhi who had attended her friend’s funeral, had a brainwave. How could she help in bringing down the number of suicide cases in India? And Rakhi seems to have an answer to this problem.
Her armour to save “mothers and sisters” from taking the extra step? A blanket ban on ceiling fans! No, no we are not making it up, as April Fools’ Day is way past. Earlier this week, Rakhi held a press meet to demand a ban of ceiling fans, which are apparently a major medium of committing suicide these days.
The actress has not been in action for quite some time now. She must have seen this as an opportunity to remain in the news at least for a day. Being the Rakhi Sawant that she is, the lady made a dramatic appearance with a ceiling fan in hand, lest we miss the point.
Rakhi, we get the drift. You need not trouble yourself carrying around that cumbersome fan in your hands!
Oh, coming back to the press meet in Mumbai, she urged people get ceiling fans in their houses removed, to prevent their women from hanging themselves to death. And if they can’t bear the sweltering heat, they can definitely use table fans or the air-conditioners.
And Rakhi didn’t stop at that. She has used the platform to address the issue to her favourite leader PM Narendra Modi. The PM should take a special note and make “India ceiling-fanless”, Rakhi has beseeched Modi. She believes the ban on fans is more important than chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.
I somehow see some method in Rakhi’s madness. Her call is bizarre, but let’s considers it in a symbolic way. Why not uproot the very cause that drives so many women towards self-killing? May be it’s time we stop ignoring the importance of mental health, and make counselling easier without the social stigma.
Rakhi’s strange request was preceded by a respected institute in southern India. The Vellore Institute of Technology (Vellore) has caged ceiling fans in all hostels to prevent students from taking the extreme step. Apparently after a few students committed suicide by hanging themselves from ceiling fans, the authorities decided that “prevention was better than cure.”
The iron grills are a reminder that hostels are not the place to carry out macabre experiments with life. Sure, there are ways to beat depression. Although there are so many thousand ways in which a person can claim his life, the nets will make students do a double check about their death wish.