I wonder how fair and appropriate it is to judge social happenings of 75
years ago with today's social norms. At least the children were not aborted
but given in adoption.  I recollect as a child, the people in the
neighbourhood speak in whispers about a lady who was sent on an enforced
holiday for one year. I understood the meaning much later in life. Those
were the days when unwed motherhood was considered a scandal. The
unfortunate lady would find it difficult to find a husband and the other
eligible members of the family, a match.



*In Franco's Spain the Catholic Church, nuns and doctors were
co-conspirators in operating a criminal ring where young single mothers
delivering babies in hospitals which in that time were all owned by the
Church, were led to believe their babies had died. The babies were then
given for adoption to affluent families.Not a far cry to reflect on this
happening to poor and unwed mothers in Salazar's Goa where a similar
ideology and strict moral code existed.-*
*Roland Francis*

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