MOTHER GETS THE BLAME. From Swiss daily Le Matin, a curious story (in French) of parental responsibility, Pakistan style.
A 50-year old mother has been stripped naked and forced to parade through a village in Northern Pakistan because her son had got a married woman living next door pregnant.
Seeing as I suspect rural Pakistan is the sort of place where women tend to raise a family at the younger end of the fertility scale, we’re not likely to be talking about an underage child.
Holding parents accountable – at least to some extent – for how their children turn out doesn’t seem that daft an idea. It would reduce shoplifting and petty thieving for a start. But it bothers me than in an Islamic society, the notion that the young man might be in any way responsible for his actions seems to be absent. That’s not how Switzerland, which is where the story was published, developed into a society that has achieved one of the highest levels of wealth per inhabitant of any country in the world.
Switzerland GNI per inhabitant: $65,430
Pakistan GNI per inhabitant: $1,000
Figures are from 2009, using the World Bank’s nominal Atlas method.
Note: I use GNI rather than GDP as the latter tends to underestimate revenue from investments abroad.
And please someone make me laugh by claiming that Switzerland’s natural resources, colonial slave empire and friendly terrain gave the Swiss a head start.