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From very early on in my childhood, I have memories of Indian men invoking the character of the women--usually mothers, daughters, sisters--of their adversaries to settle scores. In the more innocuous setting of middle-class living rooms, tales of female misfortune were accompanied by a great, slow shaking of heads, and an expressed inability to understand men who behaved "<em>this way</em>" towards women; didn't they have mothers, sisters, daughters of their own at home?
Words fly left and right, from Left to Right, and you wish they could all only see that the answer is simple enough to be realized by a crayon-wielding child of five.