Pallagatti Adavappa Arts
and Commerce College,
Tiptur, Karnataka, 572202
This paper tries to present three different instances of Sado Ritual syndrome prevalent in the major ‘cultures’ of the different parts of the world. The mask of “rites and rituals” support and sustains the patriarchal interests which makes empowering women an almost unimaginable task.
The common features in these three cases are that women are used as scapegoats and token torturers. The atrocities towards women are made to appear a very normal harmless religious ritual that a woman performs against another woman, while the male-centred culprit never comes into picture. Mothers religiously pass the suffering to their daughters without even realizing that it is a male ‘construct’. Whether it is the mother-in-law encouraging her daughter-in-law to enter the pyre with her deceased husband for self-immolation, or the mother binding her daughter’s foot to cripple her for the rest of her life, or even worse, the barbaric mutilation of the genitals of her own daughter are made to subdue in the guise of a ritual. With such a social condition, called, sado- ritual- syndrome, prevailing in the society, empowerment could be a distant dream. However, two of these three practices are no longer in vogue. Hopefully the pernicious third one too, will find its end soon.