5th October 2013
OK, burning brides is not a Hindu custom alone. Muslims are pretty good at it, as well.
Many people commented on the previous blog post on this issue – (but on Facebook).
Here are key comments on Facebook:
IN MY QUICK ESTIMATE HINDUS ARE LIKELY TO BE AROUND 10,000 TIMES MORE BARBARIC AGAINST WOMEN THAN MUSLIMS. On average it would appear that Hinduism burns to death more than 10,000 times the women than Muslims stone to death. But because these are not reported in the international press, Hindus in India are complacent and are happy to point fingers at Muslims.
Ram Lal Verma I think, you are bias…
Sanjeev Sabhlok Ultimate result is the same: burn or stone to death. What's the bias?
Ram Lal Verma Bias in terms of comparative numbers (10,000 times). You must also compare the freedom of living of women in Hindu and Muslim incorporating living conditions of women in Majority of Muslim countries…
Ram Lal Verma You must differentiate stone to death is their part of system (Sharia Law) while throwing acid on women due to the anger is not in Hindu tradition…such cases happened due to instantaneous reaction for taking revenge etc…Such cases have no umbrella of religion as you are trying bias analysis…
Sanjeev Sabhlok This is NOT about acid attacks. It is about Hindu brides being burnt: one per hour. "freedom of women in Hinduism". Kindly illustrate, given the MASSIVE prevalence of rape, acid attacks, and burning of women.
Vinay Thakur I only read about dowry related deaths like this (by burning)…and this was not restricted to any particular religion as far as I know…I hope this is not an attempt to get some cheap publicity by dragging name of religion in this issue of domestic violence which is prevalent all over the world….
Ram Lal Verma I agreed with Vinay…such crimes are not a part of any religion but a society as a whole (Hindu and Muslim both)…
Sanjeev Sabhlok Vinay, dowry deaths are almost entirely restricted to Hindus, being driven by son-preference in Hinduism, and consequent structures of birth (girl children are aborted) and marriage which severely lower the status of women in Hinduism.
Vinay Thakur I have seen same status for women everywhere doesnt matter which religion…and dowry is social custom not a religious one…yes in India as Hinduism is major religion you can see more cases from that religion but that's just because of ratio…the issue is social not a religious one
Sanjeev Sabhlok Will be good to know how many Muslims or Christian brides are burnt every year in India. Burning brides (or newly married women) is, as far as I'm aware of, a PURELY HINDU custom – driven by the massive son-preference found in Hinduism.
OK, since some people are objecting to my view that burning brides is predominantly a Hindu issue, I've dug up the following data
"Hindus (103) comprised the single largest category followed by Muslims and then Sikhs. No female having died within seven years of marriage belonged to the Christianity religion." [Study reported here]
Table No. 3 Religion wise incidence
Number of cases
Note, this data comprises all kinds of deaths within seven years of marriage. I'm not sure this study draws a clear distinction between DOWRY related deaths and suicides/accidents.
However, this data is perhaps more conclusive:
"At over 2000 dowry-related deaths per year, and annual rates exceeding 2.45 deaths per 100,000 women from dowry-related violence, Pakistan has the highest reported number of dowry death rates per 100,000 women in the world." [Source]
I'm willing to accept that BOTH MUSLIMS AND HINDUS BURN BRIDES. It is not just a Hindu issue as I had earlier thought it to be.
However, that doesn't make it less barbaric, nor the Hindus/Muslims any less barbaric.
Note that this is NOT a world-wide phenomenon as many commentators seem to think.
I'm informed that in Islam, the husband gives meher (money) to his wife. Clearly, it is not working in South Asia.