Submitter: Chapter IX LETTERS REGARDING LOVE, ROMANCE AND MARRIAGE [sic] contains all you need to know about getting rid of all those unwanted female children through arranged marriage. It seems that you can place an advertisement for that pesky daughter in a local newspaper and decide which of the respondents is most worthy to take her off your hands. It goes without saying that the daughter has no say in any of this. This sort of thing seems shocking enough in the original Urdu, but becomes scarily amusing when rendered into English. Selling your female child to the best bidder may be a cruel, backward tradition which is maintained in Pakistan, but I do not want such horrors encouraged through the books in any UK library – and we know that arranged marriages of British children who have never lived in any other country do still take place – withdrawn from stock.
Holly: I’m currently listening to Padma Lakshmi’s memoir “Love, Loss, and What We Ate.” (Highly recommended!) There’s a chapter in which she talks about personal ads for available brides. In India where she grew up, it is perfectly acceptable. This is a perfect example of knowing what suits your patrons and your community standards. In communities where this practice is commonplace, the example may be relevant. It would not work in my community either, though, so I’d weed it too.