conscience is not yet awakened to protest such crimes as for example the VietnamWar awakened the American conscience. Women are expected to endure rape andviolence just like the earth endures industrial violence. On the day-to-day level thismeans women are to endure commands, humiliation, ridicule, and slander just likethe ever-silent Sita of Indian mythology who walked through fire to save the prestigeof her spineless husband Rama. Just as a dog after being beaten or scolded rushesback, whines and lovingly licks his master’s hand, so are women expected to behavewhen faced with petty raging, shouting and even beating. This is perhaps why dogsare not so beloved in Asia as they are in the West where they are man’s best friends.Who needs a dog when you have a wife!! This is why Hindu religious leaders holdSita as a role model for Indian women who even today call their husband ‘pati’ orLord.As Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar has stated:"The inhuman rules and regulations and tortures inside the house filled a woman'slife with bitterness. Nobody knows how many have wept away sleepless nightshaving suffered tortures for which no redress is possible. The dogma of the scripturescrushed their emotional feelings, their hopes and aspirations like a steamrollerflattening soft clay. Nobody has paid any heed to their sobs and tearful outbursts."The fury and the passion of these chauvinistic fundamentalists arise from their deep-seated emotional insecurities. They are emotionally not evolved enough to have arelationship of equals. The only intimacy they are capable of is that of the benevolentmaster to an adoring, childlike slave. This form of relationship mimics and reflectsthese males’ own relationship at the workplace where they smile and flatter theirexploitative bosses while cursing them in their minds. In Third World countries theemployees are forced to act like simple, innocent children in order to be patronizedby their bosses. This is the same reason why African slaves in America were alwayscalled ‘boy’, no matter how old they were. They take out their frustration by re-enacting the same drama in their relationship with their wives. Just as employers arebenevolent to employees so long as they remain completely subservient anddependent, similarly husbands are kind to their wives so long as they remainsubservient. Even in the major cities domestic violence has increased, as for examplewhen wives refuse sex, the outraged husband beats her. In the villages this violentmimicry is revealed in the way in which lower caste men are often more chauvinisticthat the more Westernized higher castes. Just as with the trauma of globalization,the unrest and awareness of workers has increased in Third World countries, so alsothe unrest and awareness of their wives has increased. This is one of the reasons forthe acceleration of prostitution in Third World cities like Bombay and Bangkok. Menfeel more comfortable and secure in relating to a kidnapped and enslaved prostitutethan in relating to a real woman with her own mind, heart, and above all her ownspirituality. This is the reason why the movie “Pretty Woman” was so enormouslypopular in Third World countries.
Dependence & Slavery
In the quotation given at the beginning of this article, the key reason domesticslavery is highlighted is namely that the husband controls the money. No one hasever told the terrible tale of the countless humiliations faced each day by wiveshaving to grovel before and beg their husbands for money. Just as many slaveowners flattered themselves that they were kind, generous fathers to their slaves, sodo many Third World men flatter themselves in relation to their wives. This is thesame relationship as when one’s pet is a good doggie and stays quiet, she is given abiscuit and if the dog is too independent and barks too much, she gets a beating!