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- Print Length: 27 pages
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- Publisher: Guardian Books (7 May 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CPCYPQQ
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- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
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India Dishonoured: Behind a nation's war on women (Kindle Single) (Guardian Shorts) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Short and to the point. Very informative and thought provoking. Being an Indian a little disappointed. But truth be told and I agree with the author.Published 9 months ago by Manhar
This very informative and eye opening piece on India's inequality and societal approval of the abuse of women is very hard hitting, but we'll worth a readPublished 18 months ago by Emmylou
A disturbing read but an essential read on the plight of man women in India, by an outsider but a journalist that has managed to bring these issues to us in the privileged West.Published on 1 Aug. 2014 by R. Clarke
Hope this makes Indian all males reflect on thei thei Nation's attitude to women.Published on 31 July 2014 by Brian H.
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 morePublished on 30 Jun. 2014 by MnM
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 morePublished on 20 Jun. 2014 by gigi sismaet
Super informative. very well-written and short and to the point. I love this concept of short reads. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2014 by Aparna
Excellent book. I would highly recommend this book to everyone, it is thought provoking and inciteful. Well worth a read.Published on 10 Feb. 2014 by L. J. Lawson
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. Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2014 by Jnañamati