Live and let live-in

A woman brutally stabs a man to death for withdrawing money from her bank account. The matter comes up before a Delhi court and what does the honourable judge find most reprehensible about the crime? That the two were living together. In fact, the judge gets positively vocal on the subject. Such relationships, he says, are alien to our nation, is a fad visible only in urban areas and, of course, immoral. Is there a morality fad sweeping the nation? First we have senior police officers claiming that women are inviting rape by wearing provocative clothing, then we have dear old Anna Hazare advocating the flogging of those who are fond of a drop or two and now we have a learned judge pronouncing on an issue which has got nothing remotely to do with the case at hand.

This is not the first time that our judges have surprised us with their knowledge of jurisprudence. In a survey done some yea-rs ago, a number of sessions' judges felt that it's perfectly in order for a husband to slap his wife around a bit if she failed to, say, cook his food to his liking. We, clearly, have to do away with more alien influences like the British justice system under which these worthies are preaching to us. Or better still that alien import, parliamentary democracy. Oh yes, and English itself in which such wisdom is imparted to us. As for western forms of dress, including the judges' robes, we need to think of more ethnic forms of couture.

All we can hope now is that our friends in the Vishwa Hindu Parishad or the Sri Ram Sene don't read these pronouncements about live-in relationships. As it is, young couples cannot show any affection in public lest it pollutes our pristine traditions. Now, all we need is for live-in couples to wake up one morning and find Pravin Togadia at the gate. So now we know where we stand, none of that culturally offensive live and let live-in for us anymore.


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