Cutch or Random Sketches Taken During a Residence in One of the Northen Provinces of Western India

Cutch or Random Sketches Taken During a Residence in One of the Northen Provinces of Western India

By (author) 

List price: US$19.98

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...wives from a tribe of plunderers, they consider that no caste is worthy to receive their daughters, or to be honoured with their alliance. Not only the Jharrejahs, but all Mahomedans in Cutch, who pride themselves on being descended from the same original head, commit, daily, these deliberate murders. Great and various have been the efforts made by the British Government to prevent The general method in use by the Rajpoot nurses is to apply opium to the breast of the mother. I BRITISH INTERFERENCE. 147 this dreadful practice; and the Jharrejahs have entered into a treaty with us, agreeing to forbid the destruction of their female infants, on condition that we respect the prejudices of the Hindus, and their religious reverence for the ox and cow. This agreement has been held sacred on our part, and the slaughter of these animals is forbidden throughout the province; but it is feared, that our forbearance has done little to suppress the amount of crime. It is wholly impossible to institute strict inquiries into the domestic affairs of a Jharrejah s family; their women are secluded, and the harem s privacy is inviolable. According to the terms of the treaty, the Jharrejahs are bound to return a yearly census of their tribe; but we have no means of ascertaining its truth, and the male population so far exceeds the female, that no doubt can exist, but that these murders are still common. It has been calculated, that there was annually in this province a destruction of one thousand lives, and that amongst eight thousand Jharrejahs, the number of their women did not exceed thirty. This very small number were preserved, some by accident, and some by the Jharrejah believers in Vishnu. There is little hope of more

Product details

  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236572041
  • 9781236572042