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India Dishonoured: Behind a nation's war on women (Kindle Single) (Guardian Shorts)

India Dishonoured: Behind a nation's war on women (Kindle Single) (Guardian Shorts) [Kindle Edition]

Sunny Hundal
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In December 2012, the violent gang rape of a young Indian woman in Delhi shocked the world. India was a country of booming modernisation twinned with centuries-old cultural riches. Was the cruelty of the assault indicative of something profoundly disturbing lurking beneath the surface?

Sunny Hundal's arresting exploration of how Indian society treats its women argues exactly this. As a country, India has a disproportionate amount of men to women. They are financial and often social burdens upon their parents. Yet it also a country that has produced towering women such as Indira Gandhi, who have so powerfully influenced the history of the 20th century.

'India Dishonoured' is an attempt to understand the contradictions at the heart of how India treats its women, and why the country is sitting on a cultural timebomb that may have only just begun to explode.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 390 KB
  • Print Length: 27 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Guardian Books (7 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,750 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Important Book 10 May 2013
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'India Dishonoured' is by no means an easy read - on more than one occasion I had to stop reading in order to let the weight of the information sink in. But I think this shows just how important a book this is.

I had a vague sense of some of the problems Indian women are facing, but this book deepened my knowledge and opened my eyes. I feel that Sunny did a good job of not pointing a blaming finger at only one cause, and instead explored the many contributing factors in a fair and balanced way, including highlighting the influence of British invaders.

I hope this book receives the praise it deserves. I highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A truly disturbing read 18 Jun 2013
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This is an excellent, quick and thought provoking read but extremely disturbing in content. For those in the West who thought only the more extreme examples of islam treated women so viciously and discriminatory, you're in for a shock. For completely different reasons, although religion once again plays it's part, women in India are subject to insane treatment, if indeed, they're allowed to be born at all! Cultural prejudices and religious interpretations conbine to make a women's life in India increasingly difficult and dangerous. The repercussions for India and Indian society as a whole, including men, are truly frightening. Unfortunately, some of these more backward cultural prejudices have been, and are being, carried on here in the West, endangering and negatively affecting the quality of women's lives even now. It's time for the full force of the law to be used to protect women, regardless of their culture, and equality fully implemented for this discrimination cannot be allowed to carry on, it degrades both men an d women!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why does the world ignore this crime? 17 Jun 2013
By George
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Sunny Hundal may not be the greatest writer ever but he has produced a book and a number of statistics that deserve far greater attention. Just taken by the numbers, the slaughter of women and girls, and the abortion of foetuses (because they are female) in Asia generally and India particularly, is a greater crime than the holocaust.
One hundred and fifty million women and girls missing in Asia! Fifty million missing in India alone! Hundal's book blames this on the dowry system, the so called honour system, whereby families feel justified in murdering their daughters, just because they have dared to chose 'unsuitable' male friends or lovers, and also on the availability of ultra sound scanning which allows the sex of a baby to be known before birth. There are heart rending individual examples of cruelty suffered because of this apaling prejudice.
The practice is so intense and so widespread that it has upset the normal population balance. In some places in India there are around six hundred girls per thousand boys in the under seven age group. (A normal population would show a near fifty fifty split with a slight preponderance of females)
Having read the book I was left wondering how it is possible that a world that is so prepared to interfere in the internal politics of so many countries can stand by and do nothing about this horrific crime.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Concise introduction to a serious problem 10 Jun 2013
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This short essay - almost an article - covers the subject matter in a broad and not particularly deep manner.

It highlights some sociological roots of violence against women, for example dowry payments and sex-selection during pregnancy (with preference for boys).

The problems associated with honour are briefly touched upon.

The thing that strikes the reader most is the institutional nature of anti-female prejudice. Several accounts relate how victims must work hard even to get their crimes registered by the police, and the lack of professionalism by the police and local governments in relation to this issue.

I was expecting a more academic text, with perhaps more insight into the particular failings of specific institutions, possibly interviewing Indian lobbyists, politicians, women's groups, police officials etc, however these are lacking. Aside from some references to the differences between oral and written portrayals of female gods, you'd be hard-pressed to recognise these problems as being specifically Indian.

Therein lies the problem with the text and the gravity of the situation. The issues covered will be familiar to anyone familiar with feminist approaches to societal bias against women.

The emergence groups of sexually frustrated young men is highlighted as an effect of sexually-selective birth and a cause of much female abuse (from abortion and infanticide to rape and polyandry).

The text offers little in terms of a solution, political or otherwise. It does suggest that a cultural shift where women/wives are permitted to look after their OWN parents in their old age would lead to a greater valuing of female worth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars disturbing reading 4 Jan 2014
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A disturbing read for anyone interested in the culture and people of South Asia. There is no doubt that women are often treated in the ways the author describes. Having witnessed this as a regular visitor to India, to understand the history and currant situation that maintains such inequalities, violence and prejudice is both enlightening and underscores the need for continued pressure internationally in support of policies that will lead to more permanent change in the medieval attitudes towards women.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Educational and shocking
Bought this book thinking it was a biography but soon realised it is a documentary. Amazing stats quoted and some shocking accounts of abuse and rape, ignored by a culture that... Read more
Published 10 days ago by MnM
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking read
I bought this book to provide an in depth understanding on the craziness of the treatment of women/girls as human beings with no rights. Read more
Published 20 days ago by gigi sismaet
5.0 out of 5 stars Really worth a read
Super informative. very well-written and short and to the point. I love this concept of short reads. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aparna
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Excellent book. I would highly recommend this book to everyone, it is thought provoking and inciteful. Well worth a read.
Published 5 months ago by L. J. Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
There are some books which stay with you, and this is one of them. The stats regarding violence against women in India are terrifying, and this book shows the real plight of women... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miss Shahnaz Akhter
4.0 out of 5 stars Not generally known outside India.
Could do with more statistics etc. The revelations are shocking and not generally known outside India, the killing of female babies is stated as increasing amongst the monied class... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. M. Macrae
4.0 out of 5 stars Shameful
There has been a lot of coverage of the appalling treatment of women in modern Indian society recently, and this adds to it in great detail. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J Gozzi
4.0 out of 5 stars India's true
Fascinating factual and non emotive argument, though not "easy and relaxing" reading! Useful, given current news headlines, with death sentences being topical.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. Janice M. Thorndike
3.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opener
Connecting all the dots of culture, history and social on how and why women are being persecuted in the world's biggest democracy.
Published 10 months ago by Hledanmaung
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read
If you find the recent spate of high profile rape in India unsettling this book goes a lot of the way to explain it.
Published 10 months ago by bookworm uk
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