Hindu priorities and Sikh dishonour
According to the Hindu Human Rights group, ‘the frequent killing of Hindus in Kashmir generally meets a typical muted response by the world media and human rights organisations. Tragically, the apathy with regards to such incidents extends to the general Indian public and government too. Perhaps the reason is that such indiscriminate killings of Hindus have become so commonplace, that it is just accepted now as part of the way things are.’
So while Hindu women are being raped, men tortured and massacred, and children burned to death, the monks of Skanda Vale might consider a sense of perspective, and use the opportunity to bring to the world’s attention a forgotten genocide.
And it would be remiss of Cranmer not to mention the Sikh ‘honour killing’ – a practice (and misnomer) which hitherto has been associated in the UK with Islam. A 70-year-old grandmother and her son conspired to murder his wife because she was seeking a divorce. The case goes back to 1998, but evidence has only recently come to light to permit a trial to take place.
These killings of manifest dishonour are shrouded in cultural self-justification, often deploying religious language. The Mohammedans can support the degradation of women, referring to the Qur’anic injunction on wife-beating (4.34), but Sikhs have no such recourse to a ‘word of God’. The practice may, therefore, be a product of religious or cultural prejudice of the sub-continent, but it may also be a further example of Sikhs in the UK following the example Mohammedans.
The Sikh community bared its teeth a few years ago when 400 of them descended on a Birmingham theatre to demand the play Behzti (‘dishonour’) be cancelled because it caused them offence. They insisted: ‘In a Sikh temple, sexual abuse does not take place, kissing and dancing don't take place, rape doesn't take place, homosexual activity doesn't take place, murders do not take place.’
Try telling that to the Southall Black Sisters, a charity which has chronicled many such incidents. But one simply no longer dare say so, for fear of being accused of being ‘racist’.
The reality is that minority religious groups are becoming increasingly belligerent in asserting their ‘rights’, and when these are deemed to conflict with the law of the land, there is protest, intimidation, or violence. Islam may be the present media obsession, but it would be a mistake to assume that some other minority faiths are or intend to remain peaceable, respectful, and compliant.