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    Miss India survives

    by Rumbold on 3rd May, 2009 at 1:46 pm    

    Stories like this are both depressing and uplifting:

    “WHEN Pooja Chopra was 20 days old, her mother Neera was forced to make a choice - kill her child or forfeit her marriage.

    Neera decided to keep her daughter, defying the wishes of a bullying husband who wanted the baby destroyed. She knew she would be thrown out of the family home.

    Twenty-three years later, Pooja’s survival is being celebrated throughout India. Now a vivacious young woman, last month she won a beauty contest to become Miss India World.”

    Sadly, many women do succumb to the pressure (or are responsible for it in the first place).

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    11 Comments below   |   Add your own

    1. Damian Grammaticus Is a Loser — on 3rd May, 2009 at 3:51 pm  

      OH NO, the poor indian women need rescuing from the evil indian men.


    2. Johnbarnes — on 3rd May, 2009 at 4:51 pm  

      Aren’t you pro-choice?

    3. Left Outside — on 3rd May, 2009 at 5:02 pm  

      I think this story is about infanticide not abortion, it’s totally reasonable to be pro-choice and anti-baby murder…

    4. Rumbold — on 3rd May, 2009 at 5:21 pm  

      Damian Grammaticus Is a Loser/SE:

      Thanks for confirming that you think violence against women is okay.


      One can be pro-choice and at the same time firmly opposed to the anti-female attitudes that lead to women aborting girls because they are girls. I want to see an end to this gender imbalance, and to do that we need to attack the idea that women are worth less than men,a nd that they should be aborted or killed because of the position of their reproductive organs.

    5. Damian Grammaticus Is a Loser — on 3rd May, 2009 at 8:08 pm  

      I was talking about the second article you linked to.

    6. douglas clark — on 4th May, 2009 at 5:34 am  


      That would be the article where the first comment is from an Indian woman suggesting it is about time that the dowry system is reversed, is it?

      Or the fourth post down, which seems almost too good to be true:

      My mother was one of these ladies. She was married at the age of twelve and was pregnant by the age of thirteen and a half. My father found out that I was going to be a girl and ordered my mother to have an abortion. When she refused, he and my grandfather beat her. A tourist saw them and stopped them. My mother married this wonderful stranger who brought her here and accepted me as his daughter.

      Nia, Johannesburg, South Africa

      What a load of tosh you write.

    7. Rumbold — on 4th May, 2009 at 8:30 am  

      Well said Douglas.

    8. Amrit — on 4th May, 2009 at 11:52 am  

      Thanks for posting this, Rumbold. It has made me feel a little bit happier, although reading about Pooja’s father made me want to cry. GOOD RIDDANCE.

      OH NO, the poor DGiaL/SE needs rescuing from whichever of its evil orifices it’s wedged itself up again.


      The comment from Ganesh on the BBC article was really wonderful:

      Nowadays females are doing much better in many fields. I think it is time now that men pay a dowry to see how it feels. We as men would not have been here without women. In our family women have studied at a higher level than the men, so where is the difference? I have daughter and son, and as my daughter is older, I have explained to her that she will be the head of the household after us in all aspects.
      Ganesh, Vijayawada, India

      I have previously vented my spleen over the fucking minister for women’s oh-so-helpful and insightful remark, but I’ll do it again:

      Vaijanti and Nupur call on Renuka Chowdhury, the minister for women, who says: “This is a very, very grave situation.”

      She adds: “In many places, boys are unable to agree to find girls to marry. Because of this, the nation will soon face an unimaginable crisis.”

      Oh no! People won’t be able to get MARRIED! The practice of marriage with which we are all absolutely fucking OBSESSED (as our mainstream culture shows) is under threat! Now, at last, killing females is a ‘grave, grave situation’!

      *growls and snarls*

    9. tanveer — on 4th May, 2009 at 7:21 pm  

      She really survived well.
      And now she is Miss Universe 2009 of india.

      See her pics here.



    10. platinum786 — on 5th May, 2009 at 8:13 am  

      Her mother made a brave decision, one she should be applauded for. Hopefully this publicity will serve towards the fight against this evil.

    11. tanveer — on 5th May, 2009 at 1:18 pm  

      Yes, you are right platinum786.

      This is really brave decision of her mother. And finally she won the fight against hunger and this bad custom.

      Have a look at her gallery here.

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