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In the attorneys' closing arguments, Jake asks the all- white jury to close their eyes as he describes, in slow and painful detail, the rape of a 10-year-old girl, mirroring the story of her rape and death. Then he asks the jury, in his final comment, "now imagine she's white." In a dry farm settlement in a northern part of India, 3 girls, ages 5, 13, and 15, prepare themselves for their sacred wedding vows. The rites would be conducted late at night because they were secret; marriage under the age of 18 is illegal in India. The older girls know their future; the 5-year-old .... As would be expected, the 5-year-old fell asleep before the ceremonies began. An uncle lifted her gently from her cot and carried her in the moonlight toward the Hindu Priest, the sacred fire, guests and her future 10-year-ols husband. She would wear a golden turban in the romantic moonlight ceremony. The young brides shown are lovely girls with beautiful skin tones. One, 16-year-old Surita, is pictured riding in a cart to her husbands village, head back, wailing in protest, an image which will never be forgotten! Child marriages span continents, languages, religions, and castes. In India, girls will usually become attached to boys 4 or 5 years older. In Afghanistan and other counties with high early marriage rates, the husbands may be young men, middle-aged widowers, or abductors who rape first and then claim their victims to be wives afterward, as is the practice in some parts of Ethiopia. Some of these transactions are barely adorned with additional rationale; a debt is cleared in exchange for an 8-year-old bride to enable a family feud to be resolved by the delivery of a virginal 12-year-old cousin. This, when it happens to surface publicly, makes for clear and outrage- inducing news fodder from great distances. The 2008 drama of Nujood Ali, the 10-year-old Yemen girl, who found her way, alone, to an urban Court house to request a divorce from a man in his 30s, who forced marriage, generated world headlines. More recently, this was the subject of a book, translated into 30 languages; "I am Nujood Age 10 and divorced." Outsiders impulse toward child bride rescue scenarios can be overwhelming. Snatch the girl, punch out nearby adults and run. Just make it stop! Those who work full time to prevent child marriages and improve women's lives in societies of rigid tradition are the first to declare that this endeavor is not simple. It's difficult to isolate the wrongs perpetrated against these girls. Their education will be shortened not only by marriage, but by rural school districts which may offer a nearby school district that stops at the fifth grade. The next-step bus ride is to a middle school may have no pri- vate bathroom for an adolescent to use for her sanitary needs. And, schooling costs; any practical family must guard these costs carefully for sons, who have more measurable worth. In India, ancient practice requires that most new wives move in with their husband's families. The Hindu term, "parayadhan" refers to daughters still living with their m mm m m m m i)i) TO SUBSCRIBEBY MAIL, fill out this form and mail with i!)i)i))iii))!i ilm remittance to: The Perkins Journal, P.O. 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Any idea that young women have a right to select their own partners, choose whom to marry, and where to live, ought to be personal decisions based on love and indi- vidual will, but it is regarded in many parts of the world as misguided foolishness. Throughout much of India a majority of marriages are still arranged by parents. Strong marriage is thought of as the union of two families, not two individuals. This means careful negotiation by many elders and not by young people following transient impulses of the heart. "If there were any danger in early marriage, Allah would have forbidden it," said a Yemen Indian parlia- ment member. "Something that Allah himself did not forbid, we cannot forbid." National Geographic magazine's writer Cynthia Gomey said, Two days after I received a video about the life of a young girl, newspapers were reporting that a village bride had been dropped off at a Sanaa hospital 4 days after her wedding. Sexual intercourse appeared to have ruptured the girl's internal organs. She had bled to death. She was 13 years old. What can Gentle Journal Readers do about this? Noth- ing directly. Only care for their own females and those of relatives and friends. Vote for women of any position of leadership, if they're better qualified.Tell anyone who will listen about India's problems. Social changes occur more slowly than the speed of snails and growing grass. Do as the song, "Come along wit h me to my little comer of the world. Dream a little in my comer of the world. and if you care to stay, we can hide away in our little comer." But, people must not shy away from, nor ignore terrible situations and practices such as child brides. Any infinitesimal action, communication, or even thoughts, will help. Are your eyes closed? Do you see the 13 and 15 year old brides? Can you see images of the sleeping 5 year old being carried, of her future with a 10 year old husband? Do you hear 16 year old Surita wailing, head back, and see the tears running down her lovely face? Now, imagine that these young ones are your daughters, or a relative's little girls, or really, anyone in America! Job Creation is Key It is no secret that trillions in spending and an increase in government red tape has caused many Americans to lose their jobs and resulted in a slug- gish economy. More than 13.9 million Americans were unable to find work in May. Some have been seeking employment for months, but are starting to give up hope. From visiting with my constituents of Oklahoma's Third Congressional District and listen- ing to their concerns, I know something must be done to increase the number of jobs and get the economy back on track. Recently, the House Republican Plan for America's Job Creators was unveiled to combat these issues. This plan will provide more economic certainty for families, small businesses and entrepreneurs. The first step to economic success and creating jobs is enacting changes to the tax code that will make the system fairer, simpler and more efficient for all Americans. For example, reducing the overall tax rate to 25 percent or less for small and large businesses and individuals will generate economic expansion while in-turn creating more jobs and making America more may be the key to a cure. Donate any car you own to the American Cancer Society. It's hassle-free, tax deductible, and will help us fund cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services. 1-877-999 CARS www.cancer.org competitive. In addition to tax reforms, free trade agreements need to be passed with Columbia, Panama and South Korea. Passing these agreements will increase the number of exports, which will increase the amount of production. More production of these goods will require more workers, and this will create hundreds of thousands of jobs. The plan calls for us to expand our American-made energy options and reduce our dependency on other countries for these resources. Oklahoma has been a leading energy producing state since the establish- ment of the first oil refinery in the late 1800s. In more recent years, we have made tremendous advancements in wind energy making us the 9th largest producer in the nation. This plan would encourage more energy exploration and production so that we can utilize the energy resources within our country. Increasing exploration and production will create jobs, encourage economic growth, help us break our reliance on foreign oil, and enhance our national security. I am encouraged to see leaders in congress looking for solutions, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to make certain this plan is implemented so we can move forward with creating jobs and building America's economy. Frank Lucas represents Oklahoma's Third Congres- sional District in the United States House of Represen- tatives. For more Frankly Speakings, please visit Rep. Lucas' Blog at http://www.house.gov/lucas/frankly- speaking/index, shtml. 4TH Continued from Page A1 honors in the horse world, including 2010 Oklahoma American Miniature Horse Club High Point Youth Showman, 2010 Sac and Fox Rodeo 2nd place Junior Barrel Racer, 2010 Lazy J Arena Winter Buckle Series Youth Champion Barrel Racers, plus lots of ribbons from playdays, horse shows, and parades. Castine and Short will be crowned during the Annual 4th of July Rodeo, which kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Everyone is invited to come out and watch traditional rodeo events, including bareback,and saddle bronc riding, ladies break away calf roping, tie down calf roping, junior barrel racing (15 and younger), open barrels, team roping, and bull riding. Rough stock is being provided by Rockin' R Rodeo Co. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend the event, which will feature slack events after the main performances wrap up. Admission is $7 for adults 16 and older, $4 for children. Children six and younger get in free. Annual 4th of July Pig Roast If you're looking for some western chow to enjoy before the rodeo, swing on out to the Per- kins VFW Post 7322 Pig Roast. This annual event is served beginning at 6 p.m. at the post, 801 South Sadler Road in Perkins. Dinner will feature smoked pig, a variety of salads and fresh veg- etables, watermelon and cantaloupe, and cakes and pies. Tea, water, or juice is also included with the meal, which is all-you-can-eat for $7. Children younger than 12 eat for free. For more information about the Pig Roast, see related article on page A3