Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Scarce Commodity

When a commodity is scarce, but demand remains high, the value of the commodity rises. Right?

Wrong!
If the commodity is girls, and the country is India, a declining supply actually manages to push down the value placed on the commodity. 8 girls to every 10 boys means men who can afford wives but can't find them, are forced to look for younger ones. To keep girls virginal for their wedding night, parents get them married as soon as they can. Keep them too long, and they might get abducted.
Will my country ever realise the true worth of its girls?
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5 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Natasha - This just breaks my heart! It really does...And I'm sure that, for a lot of those girls, there is no question of getting a good education or a chance at a career if that is what they would have wanted. How desperately sad that these parents are forced to make that choice for their daughters.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's terrible!

Chuck said...

I agree with Alex...how horrendous in this day and aga.

slommler said...

This is so sad!!! And horrific!!
Hugs
SueAnn

dipali said...

The utter madness of so many people in our beloved country. Most distressing. They are also 'importing' wives from other states- the poor girls don't know the language or culture, but have to live with whoever 'imports' them:(

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