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Man kills pregnant daughter.

Courtesy of CNN: “The India native told police he disliked his son-in-law because he belonged to a lower caste and had married his daughter without his consent.”

Someone confirm this for me, this is America, in 2008, right? If that’s the case, then why are stories like these still happening?

http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/01/01/family.dead.ap/index.html

I logged on to CNN this morning to get some stories on the Iowa Cacus, and what do I run across? A story about a father who burned down his daughter’s house because her husband did not ask his permission to marry her.

What the fuck? Firstly, let’s address the crime in itself: since when did it become okay to burn a person because that person upset you? Have we taken domestic violence a step up? Going from beating women to burning them? We’ve talked a lot as of late about how masculinity harms us all – and I disagree. Society’s perception of what masculinity is, is harming women more than they do men. Until a father is burning his son because his daughter did not ask to marry him, then it’s a different story.

Secondly – this guy got upset because, well, his son-in-law did not ask permission to marry his daughter? Are we living in the fucking 1800s? This is a fine example of how the patriarchy and the objectification of women can lead to violence to women. After all, if you see a woman not as a complete person with her own autonomy, but something of an object, to be bought, sold and bartered for, then you can treat them however you want.

The question I have is: if his daughter is so special to him, that he needed to be asked permission to marry her off, then why did he kill her? Isn’t this a case of “if I can’t have you, no one can?”

Thirdly, I’ll tread this lightly: the man who has been charged with this crime is Indian. I’ve said this many times before: it’s not the skin color, but let’s face it, some cultures are more sexist than others. Being of the culture does not automatically make a person sexist, but for certain, the culture does certain promote the practice …

Time and time again – we’ve heard about transnational feminism, and that we have to tread lightly when it comes to people’s cultures. But how the hell do we stand idle and pretend that this shit is okay?

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It seems that Hindu and Muslim culture is just as sure about ownership of their women as American, just without the “subtlety.” We keep our women under our (well, your, as I AM a woman) heel via the weight loss industry while they just burn them alive or stone them or whatever if they do something wrong.

Sickening.

Comment by zombie z

India has some incredibly backwards cultural customs and beliefs (such as the caste system, and the killing of female babies b/c of a preference for males). It’s been getting better, and of course not all or possibly even most Indians live by them, but obviously there’s still has a long long way to go here.

Comment by Marcy

I think this is sick as well. I recall another article that I read about a young women getting raped and then the man only getting like six months in jail while she gets 20 lashes for being out without her husband. Her husband even tried to defender her and it did not work. These people are ass backwards and someday there women will learn to fight back.I hope.

Comment by April




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