Hyderabad: Not so long ago, the royal city of Hyderabad was famous for its communal harmony, generosity and spirit of helping one another in times of adversity. But sadly, an evil eye has cast its spell as the city has been making headlines lately for all the wrong reasons. Three recent incidents indicate where the city is heading.
In the first incident, four members of a poor family – husband and wife and two minor children – committed suicide last month by drowning in a lake in the town of Adibatla, on the outskirts of the city, due to extreme poverty and financial hardship.
In the second incident, a super-rich family allegedly threw 500 banknotes in the air during the wedding procession and as video of the incident went viral, the police registered a case.
In the third incident, underage boys from some wealthy families in the upscale Jubilee Hills neighborhood were involved in a gang rape of an underage girl.
The first incident did not get the attention it deserved. Here, a whole family of four committed suicide, including two minor children who did not know the meaning of suicide or death. Neither the public nor the authorities have discussed this harrowing incident.
About the second incident, not only the general people but even the Muslim scholars are silent on the naked display of extravagance when some members of a super rich family threw the high value banknotes in the air .
Likewise, there is no talk of why underage children from wealthy families committed a heinous crime like gang rape.
It is high time that not only the people, but also Islamic scholars and imams sensitize the people to honest behavior of the community by refraining from extravagance in marriage and other ceremonies. The rich must be sensitive to the plight of the poor because there are families who cannot celebrate the marriage of their daughters due to extreme poverty and financial difficulties. In fact, they struggle hard in their daily lives to make ends meet. In such a situation, the naked display of extravagance by the super-rich can discourage the poor.
Likewise, it is the duty of parents, teachers and Islamic scholars to inculcate good values and a philosophy of good behavior in adolescents. They must be educated to abstain from bad associations, vices and habits.