A tale of love and hanging

Misogyny? What misogyny?

BBC News reports:

Two teenage girls found hanging from a tree in a village in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh had been gang raped, police say.

A man has been held over the murders of the girls, who police said were 14 and 16.

Three policemen have been removed from duty for not registering cases when the girls were reported missing.

Violence and discrimination against women in India remains deeply entrenched.

Meanwhile, Farzana Parveen, the pregnant woman who was stoned to death in front of the court house for marrying a man her family hadn’t chosen? That man she married murdered his first wife in order to marry Farzana Parveen.

Muhummad Iqbal, the 45-year-old husband of Farzana Parveen, who was beaten to death by 20 male relatives on Tuesday, said he strangled his first wife in order to marry Parveen.

He avoided a prison sentence after his family used Islamic provisions of Pakistan’s legal system to forgive him, precisely those he has insisted should not be available to his wife’s killers.

“I was in love with Farzana and killed my first wife because of this love,” he told Agence France-Presse.

Police confirmed that the killing had happened six years ago and that he was released after a “compromise” with his family.

But none of this is anything to do with misogyny. It’s just weather, or gravity, or natural selection, or entropy. Nobody mention misogyny.



  1. carbonfox says

    Fucking disgusting. And he doesn’t see the link between his murdering his first wife and the murder of his second wife at the hands of her former “owners”: men expressing ultimate ownership of women’s bodies. Women are literally property in this viewpoint, where her death amounts to little more than a territorial dispute.

    Also, and this is my cultural ignorance showing, isn’t it possible if uncommon under Islamic law to 1) have a second wife, or 2) get a divorce? Why the fuck would he resort to killing?

  2. Allan Frost says

    But none of this is anything to do with misogyny. It’s just weather, or gravity, or natural selection, or entropy. Nobody mention misogyny.

    Yeah, it could’ve happened to anyone. Even hardline atheists are not exempt, being the very rigid perspective that it is.

  3. John Morales says

    In Australian news media: Two police in India among three men arrested over gang-rape, hanging of teenage girls in Uttar Pradesh state

    Associate Professor Davleena Ghosh from the University of Technology in Sydney says law enforcement is part of the problem.

    “The usual sort of joke amongst women in India is that if you get raped, you don’t go to the police station because you’ll just get raped again,” Professor Ghosh said.

    Women’s whole status as a carrier of honour and shame within south Asian cultures [is] one of the major reasons why often women are assaulted.
    Associate Professor Davleena Ghosh

    “And the police [officer] is often the last person you would go to if you’ve had some form of sexual violence against you.

    “Very often the police will not even accept first information reports or will refuse to do so if they have some connection with other people, and they will blame the woman for in fact being a loose woman or a prostitute.”

  4. RJW says

    As well as India’s lethal misogyny, there’s also that abomination, the Caste system to consider, the BBC reported that the victims were from India’s lowest caste, the Dalits, why would the police bother to investigate?

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