The Race

Rabi Khan

Scarborough, Canada

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The Race

race 1 |ras|
noun
a competition between runners, horses, vehicles, boats, etc., to see which is the fastest in covering a set course
race 2 |re?s| |re?s|
noun
each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics

Horse in symbolism:
“Horses are considered very spirited, powerful and beautiful animals. They were thought of like brave warriors: highly skilled fighters who loved victory and were miserable when conquered. The horse signifies readiness to act for one’s country.”

(So called) Honor killing
An honor killing or honour killing is generally the murder of a female member of a family by the family, when they (and maybe the wider community) believe her to have brought dishonor upon them. A woman can be targeted commonly for: refusing an arranged marriage, being the victim of a sexual assault, seeking a divorce—even from an abusive husband—or committing adultery or fornication. These killings result from the perception that defense of the “family honor” justifies killing a woman whose behavior “dishonors” her family.

The killing of a (possibly adulterous) wife by an enraged husband or the killing of a male by the family of (a supposedly dishonored) female is or was common and often condoned in many cultures (e.g. manslaughter). Such a cultural attitude was often reflected in a reduced sentence for such a murder by the judicial system. However the killing of females by their own family members is rare except in tribal[citation needed] cultures of the Middle East and South Asia. Honor killing of female family members is not tied to religion; it occurs among some rural Muslim communities with a strongly feudal tribal culture, among Druze and Christian tribes in some Arab countries and Pakistan, as well as among other South Asian communities, including Hindu and Sikh adherents in India, the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. However, it is much rarer or non-existent in the Muslim communities of most of Central Asia (including Kazakhstan and Kyrghyzstan), Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, sub-Saharan Africa, Malaysia and Indonesia, due to its cultural roots.

The United Nations Population Fund estimates that the annual worldwide total of honor-killing victims may be as high as 5,000 women.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honor_killing

“it’s unjustified is that women are oftentimes the carriers of the culture, oftentimes the folks that people look to that carry on the culture from generation to generation. It’s a way for men in these cases to reaffirm and assert their masculinity.” – Ajay Nair, Columbia University

Foot Note: Usually I try to depict the beauties of beautiful. A CNN news has changed that, the story was about a honor killing. “The Race” PAINting is the result of my soul hemorrhage since that news.

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