Monday, February 21, 2005

Who Wants to Marry a Two-Year-Old?

A tribal council in Pakistan has ordered the betrothal of a two-year-old girl to a man forty years older to punish her uncle for an alleged affair with the man's wife, police said Monday.

Sure, she doesn't have to marry the guy until she's eighteen. But treating women like property is just plain wrong, and to do so in settlement of a lawsuit that has nothing to do with the girl in question is an atrocious miscarriage of true justice.

It pains me to ponder the fact that the United States considers Pakistan an ally in the quest to bring freedom to the world.



Pirate said...

You're right, of course. As a woman I take particular exception, but this is not about women being chattel or cattle (interesting how they rhyme); nor is it about humanitarianism gone wrong or human rights or anything else like that. It is about a society that has not yet reached a level of development that would abbhor such practices. They must reach that level on their own, not be forced into it, much as we'd like to wrench them up and into a more enlightened way of looking at things. After all, this and other similar practices are still done in many parts of the world, and considered normal: small children rule kingdoms because they happen to be born into the right family; women are still circumcised in many part of the (especially) middle east and northern African nations because they are considered more marriageable. In a world where men own everything, this is not illogical, then, because otherwise women would have nothing if they were unable to marry well, or indeed marry at all. It's all about levels of development, as distasteful and incomprehensible these actions seem to us.

Hector Vex said...

Wait - women aren't property? That explains why the IRS won't let me write off my wife...

Har de har har.

And yes, the Cavemen have had their time. They need to be shown the light as it is. There is no 'Prime Directive' here.

Janet said...

Right now, the execs at Fox are actually kicking themselves for not thinking of it first.

The Misanthrope said...

Janet very funny and sadly very true.

Pirate, you're right and it's still so painfully sad.