In Punjab where authorities are fighting a battle to correct the skewed sex ratio, noted UK- born Punjabi singer Jassi Sidhu has come out with a song that talks of importance of boys in a family. This has pitted people both for and against the song’s lyrics.
The song titled ‘Puttran diyan daatan’ is part of Sidhu’s last album ‘Singing between the lines’ which was released in 2011. The song was written by Tarri Bunulvalipuria.
The song’s lyrics, which compares boys to prosperity in the family, start with ‘Haar jawar na kise kam de jehre ghar putt na hove’ and continues as ‘sabhna layi jo mitthiya jag vich saugaatan, sabnu devi maalka puttran diyan daatan’, ‘Os ghar kitthe raunkan jithe putt na hove’, ‘Puttran baajo lagda jive ghup hanera, puttran de naal ma-peya nu chade savera, din vi lagde jinna de bin kaaliyan raatan, sab nu devin malka puttran diyan daatan’.
The song video -- available on YouTube as well as uploaded on the singer’s Facebook page -- recreates the stories of three families to show the importance of a son in a family. The song begins with a pregnant women crying as she has no son. It also shows a young girl crying as she does not have a brother on whose wrist she can tie a ‘rakhi’. The subsequent shots are of a male extending a helping hand to his old and helpless parents.
The song was uploaded on Sidhu’s Facebook page on Lohri on January 13. While some users appreciated the song and called it apt for the occasion, others contended that Lohri should be celebrated for both boys and girls.
However, the singer received a sharper reaction for his song on YouTube. Users gave vent to their dislike for the song, saying that they ‘hate the song’ and have ‘lost respect’ for Jassi Sidhu after hearing the song.
A user Matroopsalute commented, “I don’t have a sister, but a sister will always be there for a brother. Never have I seen a sister and brother not talk unlike brothers who fight and do not talk for the rest of their lives. Daughters take care of their parents and serve families.”
Another user W57AAK commented, “I have two sons and as I’m writing this, my wife is crying and wishing she had a daughter.”
“Punjab has one of the most skewed gender ratio in India. Sex-selective abortions and female foeticide are a serious reality. Thank Jassi Sidhu for not only perpetuating the enduring preference for boys in a patriarchal society but blatantly glamorising ignorance and abuse,” commented another user rajbirpurewal.
However, some came to Sidhu’s support and said that the song was not against girls. “He doesn’t even speak a single word about girls in this song, ‘ethe sirf putt di gall ho rahi hai’. There are so many songs on girls, barely someone sings ‘Puttran diyan daatan’…Jassi Sidhu and songwriter are also humans like us, they also know about the serious issues,” commented MrRajdeep27.
The singer could not be contacted for comments as he is away in the UK, but his manager Kamal said, “The song wants to say that if boys are born in a family, then people will not kill girls. The song is very close to Jassi, and he specifically wanted the video to depict the bond between a brother and a sister, and how much sisters crave for a brother.”