I've been debating for a couple of months now about whether I should even post this or not. Part of me understands that people often do not want to read blog posts about negative, sad, or scary subjects. I also realize that the nature of the article I am posting about is less common in the West (U.S., Canada, UK) but the fact that it does still happen here is concerning enough in itself.
I really don't watch much television at all. In fact, I watch the local and national news and that's pretty much it. For some strange reason one night I couldn't get sleepy so I started scanning the channels and landed on a Dateline MSNBC documentary called "Justice for Sparkle, Could a vivacious young woman have been killed by her in-laws?", you can find it here http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29020846/ns/dateline_nbc-crime_reports/
If you ever read my blog, then you know this headline naturally caught my attention. The gist of the story is about this adorable, young African-American girl in GA (Sparkle) who meets a desi boy (Ricky Rai), falls in love, gets pregnant, then shortly after gets married and winds up being murdered at home by a thug in front of her infant daughter for the price of $10,000. Who was the purchaser of Sparkle's death? Ricky Rai's, father, Chiman Rai. I sat straight up in bed and never left the television until the program was over. I was enraged, insensed, horrified, terrified and nauseous. How could someone take a young mother's life, in front of her child, all to save face? Shocking? Not so much in India where these types of killings are far less shocking than here in the west. Does this qualify as an "honor killing"? No wonder desi kids are terrified to have a love marriage! Geez.
Here is another article of forbidden love/desi/murder drama: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14606778/ about a desi girl who secretly marries a desi boy because her parents do not approve and ends up being murdered while visiting India. Who was the the purchaser of Jassi's murder? Her own family.
So, maybe my PIMIL and PAFIL are not worlds worst as I'd originally thought? Still yet, I go about my day for five years now always looking over my shoulder.
May God/Bhawan/Allah always keep Sparkle's daughter Analla safe from harm.
- The Milky Chai Life
- This blog is written about my Indian/American culture-blended life. I am the American part of the equation and my darling hubby (DH)is the Indian (American born) part. We have two amazing and beautiful daughters who keep us constantly entertained and busy. I hope to post here about the things that I love; food, family, health, all things beautiful in this life and even a few things that are not so wonderful, like my in-laws. I refer to them as PIMIL (Psychotic Indian Mother-In-Law) and PAFIL (Passive Agressive Father-In-Law) here. There may even be an occasional posting from my DH here. Enjoy! You may also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org