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Wither Goest Thou, Indian Woman?

In India on November 17, 2008 at 2:35 am

Given the opinion of Mr. Vyalar Ravi, Minister in the Government Of India, whereever a lone Indian woman goes she should not go to the (Persian) Gulf.  In fact, such visits should be banned.

At a public function organised by the Indian Association of Sharjah, Mr. Ravi stated that Indian women would not be allowed to visit the Gulf alone.  When asked the reason, Mr. Ravi retorted with a brilliant question of his own – why would an Indian woman want to visit the Gulf by herself?

The impetus for this blog entry comes from First Principles.  The original news story can be read here.  The relevant bits are reproduced below:

“Vayalar Ravi stated that women won’t be allowed to come to Gulf alone using visiting visa.

[…]

Mr.Vahab pointed out that women are coming for job are presently coming using the visiting visa. But the minister stood firm on his stand. He (Vyalar Ravi) clarified that government is not against married men bringing their spouse to the Gulf countries, but won’t allow women coming alone in visiting visa. For what are they coming alone? – Mr Ravi asked.

Meaning that an act for which Mr. Ravi cannot see the reason must be irrational and causeless.  This is quite typical of the Indian government establishment which sees itself as a paternal ruler and not as a guardian of individual rights within the borders of the country.

According to his own website, Mr. Ravi is a “a bachelor of law” and “an outstanding parliamentarian.”  According to a rational code, a man who voices the opinion that Mr. Ravi has has no understanding of the morality of individual freedom that lies behind objective law.  He is not an outstanding parlimentarian and should not be a parlimentarian at all.

A word of thanks is warranted for Mr. Vahab for challenging Mr. Ravi.

More stories on Indian politicians here:

Women Are People Too

In The Bad on May 13, 2008 at 12:57 am

The Womens Reservation Bill may be in the news again but Indian lawmakers and the society they represent still don’t understand that women are people too.  Consider the following taken from the Indian Penal Code:

Section 497:
Adultery.—Whoever has sexual intercourse with a person who is and whom he knows or has reason to believe to be the wife of another man, without the consent or connivance of that man, such sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape, is guilty of the offence of adultery, and shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years, or with fine, or with both. In such case the wife shall not be punishable as an abettor.”

The wife is thus viewed as:

  • the property of the husband
  • incapable of taking a decision by herself.

Women need to be viewed as individual people and as equal before the law as men, not as the property of men.  The Womens Reservation Bill will surely do well for a handful of women but removing such archaic laws and treating women as equals will do well for all of them.

There is however, no hope of the Indian State viewing it’s citizens as responsible adults so long as this story represents the thinking of Indian society.