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May 26, 2010

A rather serious article in The Australian discussing the tension between respect for cultures and respect for human rights contained the following pretty funny quote – well it made me chuckle!

AFTER the British army conquered the Sindh region of what is now modern-day Pakistan in the 1840s, General Charles Napier enforced a ban on the practice of sati – the burning of widows alive on the funeral pyres of their husbands.

A delegation of Hindu leaders approached Napier to complain that their ancient traditions were being violated. The general is said to have replied: “You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. . . . You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.”

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