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  • Girl power, India-Gates and French Sikhs

    by Rohin
    6th December, 2005 at 6:25 pm    

    Vani is the custom of promising young girls as brides, once they come of age, as a form settling a blood feud. The Khan sisters are three girls who have the brass to say no. The BBC reports:

    The bride spends her life paying for the crime of her male relatives.

    “She’s just like a slave in their house,” says community activist Zia-Ullah Khan, “because she comes from the enemy’s family, and the people took vani to compensate their revenge. They try to give pain to the girl and her family members.”

    No one knows how many women suffer this fate in Pakistan, but anecdotal evidence suggests a lot.

    The story began 14 years ago, with the girls’ uncle, Mohammed Iqbal Khan. He killed his cousin and went into hiding to escape a death sentence. Eventually a tribal council offered to pardon him - in exchange for the vani of his daughter and four nieces.

    Pakistan has only recently banned vani, earlier this year. However activists like Zia-Ullah Khan claim it is a law that isn’t enforced. No way! I’m shocked. Police chief Zarit Kiyani says:

    “The girls could come to us. If they are being married against their will, if they have any complaints against their parents, they could come here.”

    Few girls refuse vani as most are uneducated, but the three Khan sisters were taken away from their village by their father, so that they could receive an education. Indeed one of the sisters is studying English Lit and said “If the government does not help us, we will commit suicide.”

    I don’t want this to become a discussion about Pakistan vs. India, we all know stupid shit happens in both countries. I simply wanted to highlight the guts of these girls; do read the article.

    Next up is Bill and Melinda Gates’ Asia tour. Today they arrive in India, having just left Bangladesh. They promised to train 210,000 students and teachers IT (not personally, you understand). I never realised that Bangladesh exported 7 million dollars’ worth of software. Anyway, Billy Boy says AIDS is high on his list of concerns in India and he will be reviewing how his $200 million initiative in the country is doing during his four day trip. Billiam has actually visited India four times in two years now, emphasising how important the nascent Indian IT market is to Microsoft. Microsoft India is the fastest-growing subsidiary of Gates’ powerhouse.

    Bill Gates represents a dichotomy for me. One the one hand, I have nothing but admiration for his philanthropy, including billions for the developing world and even millions for my own medschool. He has given more than any person in history, eat that royal families of the world. But then again I’m a hardcore geek who has used Windows on more than one occasion, which makes me want to extract his brain through his nose, play Guantanamo Bay-style music to him on loop and dance on his grave. I kid, he’s a great man (who makes garbage software).

    And the man I like to call India’s George Galloway, Natwar Singh, has finally announced his resignation, hooray!

    Sunny adds:
    United Sikhs issued this press release yesterday.

    The French High Court, the Conseil d’Etat, ruled today that a French Sikh has a right to wear his Turban for his driver’s licence photo. The court ordered that Shingara Singh Mann be given his driver’s licence within a month.

    The court ruled that the decision of the administration in Val d’Oise, to require Singh to bare his head for his driver’s licence photograph, was illegal. The court said that there is no law that requires a Sikh to bear his head for his driver’s licence photograph.

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    1. j0nz — on 6th December, 2005 at 6:56 pm  

      I read that BBC news article earlier. This is crazy.. And quite tragic aswell

      Reminds me of when those Bagladeshis tribal chiefs charged a two year old with adultery & theft. Stop sniggering at the back there.

    2. j0nz — on 6th December, 2005 at 6:57 pm  

      Im sorry but it still makes me laugh looking at the cute little adulterers face..

    3. Siddharth — on 6th December, 2005 at 7:22 pm  

      I don’t want this to become a discussion about Pakistan vs. India, we all know stupid shit happens in both countries.

      Well jonz has just shown us that Bangladesh is just as good at the stupid shit as well. Hah! So there.

    4. Sunny — on 6th December, 2005 at 8:34 pm  

      Grrrrr at Bill Gates for his software! I agree with you on that front, I try and stay away from MS software where possible.

      On a sidenote, Natraj should have resigned a while back. Bloody Indian politicians.

    5. Bikhair — on 7th December, 2005 at 2:03 am  

      Pickled Poopers,

      “Vani is the custom of promising young girls as brides, once they come of age, as a form settling a blood feud. The Khan sisters are three girls who have the brass to say no.”

      You see this disgusting Jahiliyah. YOu know Paksitan should get some Sunnah in thier life so they wouldnt have these problems.

      Stupid Pakis.

    6. Bikhair — on 7th December, 2005 at 2:09 am  

      Gives me an idea for my next book : “In refutation of the Pakistani…”

      and the Indian, the Bengali, the Egyptian, the Syrian, the Sufis, the Shia, Jumaat Tabligh, the Hizbi, etc.

      Followed by “In defense of Sunny defending Sister Bikhair”

    7. Vikrant — on 7th December, 2005 at 4:42 am  

      What u guys still using MS software? Windows and especially IE is for pussies.

      Grow up use linux & dont forget to use firefox ;)

    8. Siddharth — on 7th December, 2005 at 12:09 pm  

      I work with MS software. I think its great. The stuff is solid, developer friendly and a joy to work with. Linux is great if you’re playing around with a personal lappy, but try and run a business with the entire back end run on Linux s/w, and you can wave those hair follicles goodbye!

    9. Rohin — on 7th December, 2005 at 12:58 pm  

      Vikrant, I said ‘have used’! I used to work for IBM - hating Microsoft is deeply engrained into my person. I’ve got a 2 terabyte super computer (yeah man!) so I’ve got various operating systems. I’ve been mucking around with Firefox 1.5 and tweaking a few hacks and plugins. However as soon as I got it (having been using IE (*ptuh!*) during the computer-switch) I realised a few sites I’ve designed look shite on Mozilla. And I’m not an html whizz. So if I get any computer time, I’ll have to get to that first.

      Sidd, XP Pro is probably the best for the video stuff I do (well, a Mac is what the pros swear by, but I don’t like them) so I don’t judge people who use Windows, but I am disappointed when people don’t HATE Microsoft! Have you guys seen this? Breasts and geeky humour - what a combination.

    10. Col. Mustafa — on 7th December, 2005 at 1:22 pm  

      Dammit rohin, i was fine till i saw that picture.
      I cant concentrate now..

    11. Siddharth — on 7th December, 2005 at 1:45 pm  

      The Blue Screen of Breast.

    12. Siddharth — on 7th December, 2005 at 1:57 pm  

      PP should switch to MS software. I get this a *lot*:

      Error establishing a database connection

      This either means that the username and password information in your wp-config.php file is incorrect or we can’t contact the database server at mysql2.wde.org. This could mean your host’s database server is down.

      Are you sure you have the correct username and password?
      Are you sure that you have typed the correct hostname?
      Are you sure that the database server is running?
      If you’re unsure what these terms mean you should probably contact your host. If you still need help you can always visit the WordPress Support Forums.

    13. Rohin — on 7th December, 2005 at 2:13 pm  

      PP’s on WordPress, nout to do wit our computers! But seriously, do you get that problem a lot? Do Microsoft have blog software? WordPress is the software of choice for the discerning blogger (who is willing to pay!)

    14. Al-Hack — on 7th December, 2005 at 5:05 pm  

      This Vani story is going to run and run. More egg in the face of Musharraf. Heh.

    15. Vikrant — on 7th December, 2005 at 6:26 pm  

      Do Microsoft have blog software?

      just a lil’ call from redmond and poof.. WordPress becomes Miscrosoft Press! Rohin ur blog looks fie with FX.

      Being involved with programming Wikipedia WikiCommons i can safely bet that open source model is eventually make MS go bust

    16. Vikrant — on 7th December, 2005 at 6:30 pm  


      No thats a website for you, Sid.

    17. Vikrant — on 7th December, 2005 at 6:33 pm  

      err.. that should read: now thats a website for you, Sid.

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