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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Woman Is The Nigger Of The World



Well, with an intro like that I think I have some explainin' to do.

I was reading the New York Times the other day and saw an article about a rise of honor killings in India (click here to see full article). Honor killings? What are those Muslims up to now? Are they killing their daughters because they want to marry Hindus or Christians?

That's probably happening too, but this article is how Hindus are killing their daughters because they are marrying outside their caste (click here for a full explanation of caste). Hinduism is all about spiritual pollution and becoming squeaky clean. Some groups of people are just born...

dirty - really dirty.

Other groups are born clean and must try their darnedest to stay that way! You can guess that this dogmatic-authoritarian system breeds a strict hierarchy. And as we all know the only way to keep a dogmatic-authoritarian system in place is by the liberal (sorry for the pun) use of force (to paraphrase V. Lenin). This is where the honor killings come in. Marry outside your caste and your whole family is shunned by all the other worshippers of  the local Sky Fairies. The only way to wash the shame away is by killing your errant daughter. This isn't hard to believe when you hear this saying concerning daughters in rural India, "Having a daughter is like watering your neighbor's lawn." It's all work for the father and mother and no return on their investment since they give away their daughter to her husband like a piece of property.

Back to the article.

Nirupama Pathak was a young woman who belonged to the Brahmin caste. The Brahmins are the top dogs of the caste system. She made the mistake of telling her parents that she was going to marry a man of a lower caste. She made the mistake of going home for a visit with her parents.

Now she's dead.

Her body was found in her bedroom.  She was pregnant.

The family says it was suicide.

Her mother has been arrested for murder.

Honor killings are not infrequent in rural India. A United Nations poll in 2006 found that 76% of the population find honor killings not OK (see times article). An uncle to a pair of suspects related to an honor killing stated
What is wrong in it?” the uncle, Dharmaveer Nagar, told the Indian news media. “Murder is wrong, but this is socially the best thing that has been done.”
Madness.

So, John Lennon probably didn't think about Hindu honor killings when he wrote/recorded the song, but I find it appropriate nonetheless.


Because this...

Is Purgatory.

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1 comment:

  1. Humans (and their delusions, i.e. religious beliefs) really, truly scare me. A lot.

    On a lighter note though, I love John Lennon. A lot. My female cat's name is Yoko :)

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