[Behind the Beautiful Forevers]
In chapter 8 “The Master” of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo describes the experiences of Karam, Abdul, and Kehkashan, all three in jail accused of Fatima’s murder. Zehrunisa, struggling to care for her other children goes to great lengths to help her family, even bribing a local school to produce documentation that Abdul is a minor which results in him being sent to a juvenile detention center instead of the dreaded Arthur Road Jail with his father.
Regarding Abdul, Boo notes that “He wouldn’t admit to something he hadn’t done to Fatima, even if it would get him out of Dongri, even if his family’s income suffered in his absence. To his family, Abdul’s physical capability had been the mattering thing. He was the workhorse, his moral judgments irrelevant. But when The Master spoke of tufeez and izzat, respectability and honor, Abdul thought the man’s stare had been blazed on him alone. It was not too late, at seventeen or whatever age he was, to resist the corrupting influences of his world and his nature” (230-231).
What do you find most notable about the corruption and constant bribery presented in reading? Why?