Last week millions of Hindu women proudly celebrated a festival whose fundamental tenet is misogynistic. This is the festival of Karva Chauth. Women deprive themselves of food and water all day, and after sunset break their fast after they’ve viewed the moon through a kitchen sieve. They’ve been told that if they do this, the gods will ensure long lives for their husbands. In a country where every year, more than a 100,000 married women are murdered for dowry — burnt, hung, stabbed, poisoned, drowned, or driven to suicide — by their husbands and in-laws, and not a day goes by without media reports of such deaths, this womanly fixation on ensuring a long life for the husband seems sort of bizarre. But there is a cultural explanation for Indian women’s fixation on their husbands’ long lives….
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Posted by Rita Banerji on November 3, 2015
As founder of The 50 Million Missing Campaign to end female gendercide in India, I was recently sent a list of e-interview questions from college students in Delhi. I respond to these questions in the video below. The 10 questions I answer are also listed below the video embed. The video is a bit long (40 minutes) but these are very frequently asked questions and they are important to this issue. So please watch, and if you have additional questions, do put them in the comment box below. For a shorter 15 min. edited version of the video below CLICK HERE
To watch a video that I presented to the UN in which I explain how more than 50 million women have been exterminated from India click here.
- Can female gendercide ever end given how entrenched it is in Indian culture and religion?
- Why do parents not give up baby girls for adoption instead of killing them?
- What’s the use advocating for the rights of the girl child when we cannot even (more…)
Posted by Rita Banerji on March 7, 2014