|More than half of Indian women believe that wife-beating can be justified under certain circumstances. A survey of 90,000 women across the country -- conducted by the International Institute for Population Sciences at the initiative of the Health Ministry -- found that about 56 percent endorsed wife-beating on at least one of six grounds.
Those six grounds to taking a justified ass whopin’ were as follows:
1) Neglecting the house or children
2) Going out without informing their husbands
3) Showing disrespect to in-laws
5) Inadequate dowry
6) Improper cooking
The National Family Health Survey found that while views on wife-beating were uniform across categories of age and marital duration, there was a divergence of views according to levels of education and between urban and rural women.
I am too American. I am admitting that most things outside of the Western world are too foreign to me to understand. Who needs science fiction to find an alien world, just go to India, the land of the acid-in-your-face-tossing ex-boyfriends. I have no cultural reference to relate too. Left-Eye burned Andre Rison’s multi-million dollar 80 room mansion down to the ground and in America, he wasn’t justified in kicking her ass. Nicole Simpson is fucking all of O.J’s friends behind his back, in his face, in his bed, in his car, in front of his kids, and he isn’t justified in kicking her ass.
Tanya Harding got drunk and punched her boyfriend in the face and his 911 distress phone call, with him crying for help, was all over the news for days and in America, he wouldn’t have been justified in knocking her out.
But in India, if my wife cooks me a meatloaf and I think it is dry, I am justified, in her own eyes, to kick her ass. Not to mention if I don’t get enough shit from her family when I marry her, hence a dowry, the money, goods, or estate that a woman brings to her husband in marriage, I get to kick her ass too? Or worse if someone only offers me a goat for my daughter and I can’t get any more for her than that, I get to kick her ass?