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Karan Thapar domesticaly violated ! November 18, 2006

Posted by Sharath Rao in india, rant.
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Karan Thapar asks:

To begin with, there is the whole question of what the Act means by domestic violence – it covers verbal abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse and anything that tends towards them. For instance, emotional and verbal abuses are defined to include insults and ridicule. That means you can’t be sarcastic to your wife, it means you can’t call you brother-in-law an ass or a mother-in-law a nag even if both are those are correct. Surely, that’s a level of silliness, but it’s a part of your Bill.

Later in the interview, Renuka Chaudury, the minister for Women and Child development says :

I am empowering my women to have the right to access the dignity to their life, if they have been denied justice on other foras, if they have been given ex-parte divorce.

I might take all of this nonsense if Ms. Chaudury certifies that a muslim man insisting that his wife wear the burqa against her wishes ( which happens in non-zero % of the cases ) is considered domestic violence and the man brought to book. ( See this ) Can Ms. Chauduary say this without the Prime minister/Sonia Gandhi stepping in the next day to say that it is her personal opinion or she herself claiming I was misquoted by the press !

Later in the interview :

Renuka Chowdhury: There is always need for corrections and amendments in any law as we progress as a society develops and the needs arise. But for one hypothetically – before I reach the bridge and cross it – if you want me to make amendments, I won’t.

Karan Thapar: In other words, let men suffer first, then I will correct the wrong I have done.

Renuka Chowdhury: It is not such a bad idea, except that I have such pity for men.

She must be reminded that her employer is the Govt of India, not the government of Indian women.

More on women’s status in India.

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