English as She's Taught in India.
The Bombay 'Guardian' calls attention to an extraordinary book which is being distributed broadcast as a prize book in the Government girls' schoold in the Bombay Presidency. The following quotations are given as specimens of the teaching set forth in the book :—" If the husband of a virtuous woman be ugly, of good or bad disposition, diseased, fiendish, irascible, a drunkard, old, stupid, dumb, blind, deaf, hottempered, poor, extremely covetous a slanderer, cowardly, perfidious, and immoral, nevertheless she ought to worship him as a god with mind, speech, and person. The wife who gives an angry answer to her husband will become a village pariah dog; she will also become a female jackal, and live in an uninhabited desert. The woman who eats sweetmeats without sharing them with her husband will become a hen-owl living in a hollow tree. The woman who walks alone without her husband will become a fiithcating village sow. The woman who speaks disrespectfully to her husband will be dumb in the next incarnation." The woman who hates her husband's relations will become from birth to birth a musk-rat living in filth. She who is always jealous of her husband's concubine will be childless in the next incarnation. To illustrate the blessed results of a wife's subserviency a story is told of the great reward that came to the wife of an ill-tempered, diseased, and wicked Brahmin, who served her husband with a slavish obedience, and even went the length of carrying him on her own shoulders to visit his mistress. The British Government of India (says the ' Woman's Journal' of Boston) has bound itself not to interfere with the religion of the Natives, but it certainly ought not to inculcate in Government schools the worst doctrines of heathenism.
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English as She's Taught in India., Evening Star, Issue 8011, 13 September 1889
English as She's Taught in India. Evening Star, Issue 8011, 13 September 1889
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