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JK. Rowling in Body Image Controversy

 

JK Rowling deserves a bit of slack for this latest controversy. Whilst the reference to a ‘mustachioed’ girl is regrettable, Rowling has done amazing things for children with glasses and scars and has inspired orphans to rise above their situation:

Now it appears the book, called The Casual Vacancy, has also angered religious leaders in India because of its portrayal of a Sikh girl  as ‘mustachioed, yet large-mammaried.’

The book, about social tensions in a small village in South West England, features a Sikh family, including female student Sukhvinder.

One of the characters, Fats, describes Sukhvinder, his classmate, as ‘mustachioed, yet large-mammaried’, adding that ‘scientists remain baffled by the contradictions of the hairy man-woman’.

Sikh believers are forbidden from shaving or trimming their hair, and the passage was condemned by India’s Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which manages places of worship in India.

Sikh leaders are now closely scrutinising the novel with a view to having the offending passages removed from Indian editions.

SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar described Miss Rowling’s choice of words as ‘a slur on the Sikh community’, adding: ‘Even if the author had chosen to describe the female Sikh character’s physical traits, there was no need for her to use provocative language, questioning her gender. This is condemnable.’

He added: ‘If anything is written against the Sikh maryada (dignity), we will write to [India’s] prime minister Manmohan Singh and urge him to take up the matter with the government in the United Kingdom for action against Rowling.

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