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Tag Archive: "anti snake venom"

Poison of social injustice

Narration by: Shariq Ali
October 4, 2013
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Snake bites are common in the desert of Sindh, Pakistan. Rural social milieu is ruled by the cruelty of feudal lords and old age traditions, customs and superstitions. The fate of an illiterate sindhi woman is a pre-determined process in this social set up. What causes more suffering, snakes or social injustics? This story explores the issue.

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She may have been in her twenties, wearing a faded but colourful flowing Sindhi dress. Multitude of white plastic bangles were covering both arms, only exposing the hands and elbows. Her face and body was appearing malnourished. But the smile was broad and indebted. Her story was not uncommon as we were told by her treating doctor. She woke up early morning as usual that day to prepare breakfast for her husband and family. When she put her hand without looking in a large traditional rice storage vessel to grab some rice, a striped black snake, already spending the night there, bit her on her wrist.

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