2006-06-28 04:39:00 UTC
like venom from a snake but this is one of them. Hot
on the heels of the Salwaar Khameez story, is this
story making the news in India.
Madhya Pradesh contemplates banning skirts for girls
in educational institutions. It is not the banning of
skirts per se that worries me. It is the thought
process behind the move. So as not to entice men.
Let me understand this concept. Are men so incapable
of controlling their urges that a women in a skirt is
responsible for their lasciviousness? Is the victim
the perpetrator of the crime? Do the authorities who
want to implement these restrictions have any
statistics on the sex crime rate in Middle Eastern
countries, where women are covered up in what can only
be described as black tents of despair?
Well, let me shed some light on the life of women in
these countries. They lead lives of brutal sexual
subjugation. Not only are they chattels in a man's
world to be discarded on a whim but they are also
routinely subjected to horrific crimes of rape and
assault, not just by their husbands but also
incestuously by fathers, uncles, brothers and cousins.
A fact not uncommon among the Muslim community in
This news is hot on the heels, following Patil's
decision that the definition in the Indian Penal Code
and jurisprudence pertaining to rape is to be
redefined. Among other things a "plea bargain" will
now be entertained between the victim and the
perpetrator, which could include compensation in lieu
of prison time.
How horrific, that we now live in an India where women
are held responsible for curbing the sexual appetites
of men. And in the event that this lust should get out
of hand, well she may be compensated for it by money,
like it was a basket of eggs that went bad. If only
money could repair the emotional and physical damage
How strange it is then, that we wish to punish parents
who don't want to breed girls. Who can blame parents
for not wanting to bring a daughter into the world of
India, where more and more she becomes the child of a
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