REUTERS/Dave Kaup NEW DELHI Dozens of people gathered in the Indian city of Hyderabad on Tuesday for the funeral of an engineer shot dead in the United States last week, an attack that has raised fears for the safety of Indians abroad. A white U.S. Navy veteran has been charged with the murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, in a case that U.S. authorities are investigating as a possible hate crime, the official term for crimes motivated by bias or prejudice. Friends stood around Kuchibhotla's body which was garlanded with flowers ahead of his last rites, while some relatives wiped away tears, television footage showed. Kuchibhotla's body was flown in late on Monday from Kansas where he was shot in a bar while another Indian and an American, who tried to intervene, were wounded. Married four years ago, Kuchibhotla worked as an aviation engineer in the United States, one of the many Indians who go abroad each year in search of a better education or career prospects. Kuchibhotla and his wife spent the initial years of their marriage living their American Dream, working, partying and traveling across the United States. กางเกงคนท้อง ประตูน้ํา His death has raised concern about safety among members of the Indian-American community. More than 3 million Indians live in the United States, many of whom have taken part in candlelight vigils and marches in Kuchibhotla's memory. Alok Madasani, Kuchibhotla's friend who was wounded in the shooting, sought to play down any implications for the safety of Indians in the United States after the "senseless crime".
At the same time, in double-income families, men spend only 40 minutes a day on house chores or childcare compared to three hours for women. The cutthroat corporate culture, and a deep-rooted patriarchy that sees women as the sole family caregiver, are pushing ever more women to shun marriage, said Lee Na-Young, sociology professor at Chung-Ang University in Seoul. The vast majority of children are born in wedlock in South Korea, but the marriage rate has steadily declined to hit a record low of 5.9 per 1000 people last year. "South Korean women are expected to be modern career women at daytime and traditional housewives as soon as they go home in the evening... so why bother to get married?" Lee said, noting the burden on working women is far heavier in the South than elsewhere. "In this environment, I wouldn't be surprised even if more South Korean working mothers are exhausted to death," she added. "This trend among young women, called 'birth strike' or 'marriage strike', is a very reasonable, rational choice for them to survive socially and economically." In the wake of the civil servant's death, the welfare ministry has banned working on Saturdays and moved to discourage weekday overtime. Asia's fourth-largest economy has seen ever more women joining the workforce and increasingly taking the top spots in competitive exams to become lawyers, diplomats, school teachers, accountants and other professionals. But a shortage of affordable, reliable daycare centres also means women are faced with having to give up their careers to stay at home if they become mothers. The birth rate problem will not be solved without a change in attitudes that see women as "nothing more than tools for making babies", the major Dong-A Ilbo daily said.
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