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Suicide of a would-be airhostess
The parents witness death of their 18-year old daughter who committed suicide because they couldnt afford a expensive birthday party in 5-star hotel. Is this a direct result of what the youngsters are exposed to via the powerful electronic media.

THE SUICIDE of a serving airhostess was in the news last week, now it is the turn of a would-be airhostess. It happened in Kolkata and could happen anywhere else in any part of the country. An 18-year old girl committed suicide, because her parents did not agree to pay for an expensive birthday party in a 5-star hotel to celebrate her birthday. She was studying to become an air hostess, but fate willed otherwise.

Her father is an ex-army personnel. With whatever savings he had managed during his lifetime he had put up a small grocery shop that was his only source of income. In an urge to give the best of everything to his daughter, he must have sacrificed a lot. All fathers do it. Unfortunately, he was not in a position to shell out the money for the birthday party. He explained the situation to her; the mother also joined in and suggested that she host the party in her house. But the girl failedto realise the financial difficulties. She must have been used in getting her way with her parents and thus must have told her friends that obtaining the permission and finances would not pose any problem. The refusal would have been too much for her to swallow. Therefore, she took the easy way out, since she felt that the letdown would be a humiliation in her friendscircle.

This is what our society is witnessing every day. The huge gulf of difference between the haves and the have-nots is widening and it is a direct result of what the youngsters are exposed to via the powerful electronic media. The flashy lifestyles they see create in them a desire to lay hands on the goodies at whatever cost. They live in a world of their own and do not bother about the abilities of their parents to meet the financial burdens. When they do not get what they want, they sulk and the relationship suffers. In their eagerness to be at par with others in the group, the kids force the parents to squeeze out the extra bit. The parents in their enthusiasm to provide the best for ’the apple of their eyes’ makes the mistake of giving them a false sense of security in terms of finances that encourages the young ones to start demanding for the more. At times the parents stretch their budgets to accommodate the demands they even resort to loans. But when it is not met, the trouble erupts.

It is a vicious circle and, the parents should understand the implications in time. The trouble is most prevalent in cases where the kids hail from not-too affluent families, score good marks and the parents leave no stone unturned to see them settle down in life with the best of options. They try to rise to the level of their counterparts in society, but seldom succeed in bridging the gap. The children find it hard to digest the fact that the parents can afford to spend money on various school activities and private tuitions, but when it comes to going out with the crowd, they surrender and say that they are short of cash.

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