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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Is it about property rights?

I'm somewhat disturbed by this headline in the Hindustan Times, "Married woman raped by colleagues in Gurgaon." I can't figure out why the information that the lady was married merits enough importance to be mentioned in the headline. Is there an implication, perhaps, that her being married increases the gravity of the crime? Is there just a hint of the archaic attitude that a married woman belongs to her husband, and her being raped is not just a violation of her rights but, shock horror, of the property rights of her husband?

Nah. Surely I'd be over-reacting if I thought that way. Nobody thinks of women as property these days. Or do they?
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