WATCH OUT, GUYS. Women in Asia are bringing back slapping. Your cheeks may be in SEVERE danger.
While domestic violence is generally seen in a negative light, especially if it involves spouses murdering each other, the female-to-male face-slap is seen as something quite different. It’s an elegant little act, designed to shock men and empower women.
A new scheme in which women earn cash rewards every time they slap their husbands has been running for six months in India, and feedback has been positive among women, and some men too.
I am not making this up. I heard it from reader Anya B., who forwarded me hard evidence. In the current scheme, you get 1,000 rupees (US$20) each time you wallop your guy to a maximum of 10,000 rupees.
Payments are sponsored by industrialist turned politician TG Venkatesh, the Deccan Herald reported. The scene is running in Andhra Pradesh, but enthusiasts are hoping it will spread around India, and possibly the world.
This is how you do it.
1) Wait for your husband to commit a sin. (Most popular so far is drinking too much.)
2) Gather witnesses.
3) Wait for moment of surprise.
4) Sharply slap your right palm against his left cheek (reverse if left-handed).
5) Fold arms, don air of superiority and give him THE LOOK.
The presence of witnesses maximizes humiliation and stops him fighting back. Their statements provide evidence for your cash claim. It really works. So far, 210 women have received money.
Anya said: “It only applies to slapping. There’s no bonus for tormenting your husband in other ways. That you just do for the pleasure of it.”
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In Asia, just hanging out on the street is not going to work. “They’ll probably be mistaken for out of work maids,” he said. Instead, they should “stand in a neat queue” outside the bank. “Within a few hours, most of the living population will join the queue,” he said. “The queue will be so long that it will close down the entire financial district.”
Good idea. Those of us with long memories will remember occasions in Asia when rain showers cause bus queues to take shelter near banks, triggering massive bank runs. I bet the weather angels have a real giggle whenever that happens.
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1) Man who runs in front of car gets tired.
2) Man who runs behind car gets exhausted.
3) Man who drives like hell, bound to get there.
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Coming on Friday: The Asian trade in human hair