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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Differential Values of Life

What is the value of a Hindu Life? Rajeev Srinivasan investigates -

This is eerily reminiscent of the Saudi Arabian system of blood money, See the Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_money (or The Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2002): In Saudi Arabia when a person has been killed or caused to die by another, the perpetrator has to pay blood money, or compensation, as follows:

  • 100,000 riyals if the victim is a Muslim man
  • 50,000 riyals if a Muslim woman
  • 50,000 riyals if a Christian man
  • 25,000 riyals if a Christian woman
  • 6,666 riyals if a Hindu man
  • 3,333 riyals if a Hindu woman

  • Because of the lure of petro-dollars, everyone accepts this with a shrug, 'That's the way the Saudis are'", although it violates our notions about human rights and egalitarianism.

    A sad State of Affairs when entire Indian political class goes extra miles for proving their secular credentials.

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