03 August 2006

More culture of death

This time, in Pakistan.

Due to "local sensitivities," a dress code will be imposed on the female relief workers helping out with the recovery efforts in the aftermath of last year's earthquakes in the North West Frontier Province.

Funny that there won't be a dress code for male workers. Moreover, relief work requires conservative, protective clothing anyway; I see this as the clerics' excuse to stop the spread of outside influence at any cost.

If the clerics were truly concerned with making life better for the survivors of the earthquake, they wouldn't be using "local sensitivities" as an excuse to force the female relief workers to wear, say, restrictive burqas. Another proof that religious dogma is not making life any better. But then, I wouldn't expect much better, from a country well noted for its high incidence of honor killings.