ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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For Burning

On September 4, a 17-year old bride of eight months, Roop Kanwar, immolated herself on her husband's funeral pyre in a village in Rajasthan' Thousands of villagers collected to watch the event. But the law enforcers were conspicuously absent, though the nearest police station is only three kms away. And the chief minister, ostensibly because he was "away on tour of drought-affected areas" issued a feeble message condemning the act several days after the event and a magisterial enquiry was ordered only on September 12. If this is ghastly, what has been happening subsequently can only be described as an ominous portent of the deeply- entrenched attitudes to women

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