On passports and partiarchy

I am struck by the wisdom behind this wonderful patriarchal move.

In a bid to curb cases of women getting duped or harassed in marriages to NRIs, the government is considering a proposal to make it mandatory for the husband’s passport number to be stamped on the wife’s passport.

The proposal has been made by the ministry of women and child development in the wake of a rise in complaints about women getting abandoned, harassed or cheated by their NRI husbands.

I am puzzled about why we choose to only stamp the women’s passports. Why not have a little ritual in the Regional Passport Office where the man and women together stamp each other’s passports? If you really want to ensure that men are tied to their women – it’s their passports that really need to be stamped no? For equality’s sake – we’ll do the same to women.

Actually, I have a better suggestion. Why don’t we just make it mandatory for women to be tattooed with husband’s name, address, passport number as they leave the country? So much more permanent. In fact, tattoo it across their foreheads.

Wtf.

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7 Responses to On passports and partiarchy

  1. Uma

    ROFL, first it was the LMP saga and now this. And we really have a ministry dedicated to come up with these ideas? Tattoos sound like the perfect solution

  2. Tattoos are wonderful. We could even get imaginative and get them all badass looking. Pah.

  3. Bravo! Spoken like a true feminist… !! But tell me, how much precious time do you spend scouring for such news items? And such “laws” dont make a dent – eitherways… !!
    and even if they do, what the heck.. :)

  4. summa iruntha sanga thaan, naarasama oothittu…

  5. Nilu: broken record sound you make. change the musiq.

  6. Restating the obvious, eh

  7. Uma: A ministry for such “affairs”. Sounds almost Monty Pythonesque.

    megha: No, no. They must still look like good Indian Women! Horrible you!

    tinkertoon: Rule no 1 of commenting – do not toss one liners about precious time wasted! :)

    Nilu, Ravages, Ishwar: What is this? Some sort of trinity?