A Murder In Jonesboro Georgia And Media Frenzy

  • Print Article |
  • Send to a Friend |
  • |
  • Add to Google |

A father of Pakistani descent is accused of killing her 25-year old daughter for refusing to go back to her husband to whom his parents had "arranged" her marriage. Few details are known at this time other than that she wanted a divorce.

The neighbors of the family speak highly about the family but others have started maligning Pakistan and issuing judgments on the practice of "arranged marriages" prevalent in Pakistan and Pakistani-American community. This is shear ignorance and prejudice about a culture and tradition that has more positives than negatives.

Pakistanis who are mostly Muslims consider premarital sex a "sin" and discourage dating in the sense that Western culture considers a norm. However, it is becoming common for young people of opposite sex to meet each other at family gatherings, institutions of higher education, and work place. They also have the liberty to meet each other socially and to meet at public places. Yet, when it comes to marriage it is their parents who "arrange" their wedding unless they have a cause to object. It is in lower middle class families that it is mostly the parents who "arrange" the match between to-be couple and most of them live happily there after. Still the woman has every right to say "no" to the proposal. The divorce is common even between those who marry for love in all cultures. More than 50 percent of marriages in the Western culture end up in divorce and it is not uncommon for men and women to marry two to three times for love and still cannot make it work.

Divorce rates are also rising in traditional cultures and it is no longer considered a stigma. However, it is much less common among couples who are members of an extended family and support from family members and timely intervention by elders, cool things down before it comes to a divorce. The "arranged marriage" protects the couple from falling into a trap since families in many cases know each other for generations. Also in a traditional culture women marry into a joint family where everyone keeps an eye on each other. There is generally a family patriarch who is the "guardian" of the couples and arbiter of any disputes.

Until the facts come out one can only guess that the father and the daughter had a heated argument when the father could not control his anger. How the girl actually died is also unclear - it may be an accident since the father suffered from a seizer and was hospitalized. Now he is awaiting his "day in court" and let us hold our judgment.

 

Rate this Article:
  • Article Word Count: 435
  • |
  • Total Views: 862
  • |
  • permalink
  • Print Article |
  • Send to a Friend |
  • |
  • Add to Google |
>