Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Arranged Marriages and Call Centres

The other day, my mother asked me what I thought of girls working in call-centers. I asked her "What's there to think in that" .... "Girls work at call centers"..... period. But she persisted asking me what I thought of their morality, ethics, etc. I got the drift, but replied that they are expected to follow extremely strict confidentiality norms and these call centers are extremely high on ethics, so that the client's sensitive data, to which these call centers have access to, is safe.

That made my mother come straight to the point. One of her friend had got a marriage proposal for her son. The girl was working in a call center and my mother's friend was skeptical about accepting this girl as her daugether-in-law as she had heard that girls from call centers tend to have loose morals and character.

I have had the "character" arguement a lot of times with my parents and know their views on morality, which are different from mine. I am not passing a value judgement on their values, all I am saying is that they are different from mine. But I digress.....

Coming back to the point, she (my mother's friend) thinks that call center-girls have loose morals because they work late at night in the company of male colleagues, have easy money and easy access to pubs, discos, etc. Hence, there is a much larger chance of them "slipping" as the evils are easily accessible.

My primary arguement against this - A girl who has to "slip", in other words, sleep around, will do so even in college or in the locality, while a girl who decides top remain chaste will remain inspite of all the evils lurking around her. ---- Irrefutable, so taken.

Second arguement: Girls working in call centers are not safe....... They could be lured into something and taken advantage of ----- This thing really put me off...... I was now blunt ------ "If a girl is raped just for the fact that she is a girl, why would you refuse marrying her? Whta is the girl's fault in the case where she is raped" .... That again led to a wierd arguement, which I may write abt later.

Point is, are people being influenced to believe that call centers are bad places for girls to work at? Or people working there are devoid of morals? The media reports do seem to give this perception.