Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ghatotkacha's blog - Petition of Malabar Ladies to Lady Reading

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    • When thousands of Hindu women were raped and many of them killed by the Moplah Muslims during the Moplah rebellion in August-September 1921, the brutalised women of Malabar led by the senior Rani of Nilambur gave a heart-rending petition to Lady Reading, the wife of Lord Reading, the then Viceroy of India.

      Taken from Chapter 5 titled ‘Moplahs’ of ANTI-HINDUS by Prafull Goradia and K. R Phanda [2003 ed.]

    • But it is possible that your Ladyship is not fully apprised of all
      the horrors and atrocities perpetrated by the fiendish rebels;
      of the many wells and tanks filled up with the mutilated,
      but often only half dead bodies of our nearest and dearest ones who refused
      to abandon the faith of our fathers;
      of pregnant women cut to pieces and left on the roadsides and in the jungles,
      with the unborn babe protruding from the mangled corpse;
      of our innocent and helpless children torn from our arms and
      done to death before our eyes and
      of our husbands and fathers tortured, flayed and burnt alive; of our hapless sisters forcibly carried away from the midst of kith and kin and subjected to every shame and outrage which
      the vile and brutal imagination of these inhuman hell-hounds could conceive of;
    • We still vividly realise the moral and spiritual agony
      that thousand of us passed through when
      we were forcibly converted into the faith professed by these blood thirsty miscreants;
      we still have before us the sight of the unendurable and
      life long misery of those — fortunately few — of our most unhappy sisters
      who born and brought up in respectable families
      have been forcibly converted and then married to convict coolies
      For five long months not a day has passed without its dread tale of horror to unfold.
    • But if the benign Government does not consider it possible
      to compensate us and to protect us in our native land
      we would most fervently pray that free grants of land may be assigned to us
      in some neighbouring region which though less blessed
      with the lavish gifts of nature may also be less cursed
      by the cruelty and brutality of man.

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