Tuesday, February 06, 2007
After I posted my article about Indian women, Davout felt he had to clarify his position. I mostly agree with him in that there are greater controls on Indian women in India than here, but (as he said) it is still no paradise. The same things that have made misandry acceptable in the US and other western countries are hard at work in India and other developing nations. Contrary to popular opinion, chivalry is not just an old-world European thing - it is very much alive pretty much everywhere in the world. Indian men (and women) also consider women to be frail creatures deserving of protection from the big bad world.
India is very susceptible to foreign influence - Indians have a deep-seated love of anything foreign/western, whether that is McDonald's, Sony, Ralph Lauren, or whatever. I don't think there is any other country where English is not the national language but is so widely used - from the labelling on stuff at the supermarket to storefront signs.
So anyway, the western influence is also showing up in the form of misandric laws - and these are hardcore man-hating laws put forth by blatantly sexist people in government, not like here where there is at least some gender neutrality in spirit, if not in practice.
India is set to soon become a feminist's wet dream, and while there is some resistance to the IPC 498a law, more laws similar to this one are surely coming, now that the precedent has been set.
Posted at 2/06/2007 06:38:00 PM