“Did your mother not teach you culinary courtesies?”
“Why haven’t you called your father yet?”
“When am I getting my super-utility vehicle?”
“Your monthly cramps give me a headache.”
“This time, a son.”
“This time, a bigger television set.”
“This time add more sugar to my tea.”
“A little less sugar.”
“Even your rotis are like you, shapeless mounds.”
Oh dear. Bless these basic ‘feminists’ of today’s times. They cannot even make their chapattis round. They want to marry and starve our sons to death. How shameful; they walked in audaciously without much cash or kind. Bloody fire-breathing crafty witches. They will bring down apocalypse, I tell you.
Something distressingly similar, is a part of most Indian households. Most. Those who bear and rear sons, get inside their bubbles of aberration and believe they are the fittest of people who deserve the best in life. That they are a different breed of humans altogether. To labor a son is to court power, pride and arrogance.
Blinded by superiority, these people have a nose for nuisance. Which is why when they get scions married, they bring home a nurse-cum-nanny, and sometimes a full-time housemaid in the garb of a ‘daughter-in-law’.
But professionals get paid for their services, nascent brides don’t. Instead, some of them are tortured and abused both physically and emotionally. We cringe when we come across incidents of pure barbarism against housemaids. To rip a person off their dignity is the death of humanity, and to treat a member of the family with impudence, is upsetting.
But hey, we are evolving! Now that the apex court has intervened to teach the society a lesson or two on basic kindness, we can rest assured our bahus will be treated with respect.
Or will they?
Well, the Supreme Court of India has ruled that daughters-in-law are members of the family and they are to be treated with respect and love. That they can be, under no circumstances, “thrown out of her matrimonial home”. The court said respecting the daughter-in-law “reflects the sensitivity of a civilised society”.
The ruling comes in the wake of domestic torture, brutality and suicides in the society. It has been welcomed across the country.
The irksome matter, however, is that something so banal and fundamental needs the apex court’s intervention. That the Indian society has no concept of compassion, unless steered (and imposed upon) by the judiciary.