Karwa Chauth is an Indian fasting tradition where a married woman fasts the entire day for the long life of her husband. The woman eats before daybreak, might have a cup of tea in the evening and finally eat after moonrise, from the hands of her husband. There are a lot of unmarried girls too who fast in the hopes of getting a good husband. Well, that is India, and that is a majority of Hindu (and sometimes Sikh) women.
Karwa Chauth, I believe, is everything (well, pretty much) that is wrong with our society. Many women follow it for the love of the custom, or because it has always happened, few others embrace the custom to show themselves to be loving, or as it is in India, devoted wives, and then there are women who are ‘forced’ into it because that is what is expected of them. A very few women are there who don’t fast – pregnant or otherwise reluctant.
That brings the question, what does the husband do? Now there is a less than tiny fraction of men who might fast, or at least abstain from gluttony, but a majority feed off the cooking of their starving wives. Imagine an entire day without even a drop of water for, in most cases, a thankless and unappreciative, if not a considerate, husband.
Now this is not only for the women who are forced to fast, but also those who like it. First, ignorance. How exactly is you fasting going to help your husband’s longevity? Doesn’t make sense to me. Second, how can you convince yourself to fast for someone else? I don’t know of a lot of happy Indian marriages. They are complacent in most cases.
I just find the entire idea irrational and stupid to the extent it is abhorrent. I don’t mean to offend people, but I’d rather them be offended. Personally speaking, I’m totally against the customs that are irrational, this one being anti-feminist too. Feminists call their ideology being able to do what they want to, I respect that, but we have to look at women as a class and the actions in their rawest form. All this because I despise the fact that women look for sacrifices and act submissive to prove their worthiness.