Shelley, if you think every little religious Christian girl will be able to marry some drugged up, alcoholic, rock star without their parents disowning them, you're sorely mistaken. Maybe you don't come into contact with some of these "backwards" Christians, but they are alive and kicking.
Agreed, no parent would want their precious daughting marrying some scumbag, I don't quite understand your point. My point is, Pakistani women are forced into marrying a close relative and we in the West can marry who we like. Oh just one more thing, if said daughter did marry a sumbag, then they wouldn't be murdered because of the shame brought on the family.
Scale is certainly an issue, I agree, but I don't know where the west would be had they colonized us (I'm talking specifically about Pakistanis because that is what you mentioned...though I fear you used that only as a derogatory term for him). Sixty to seventy years after American independence and we weren't doing so hot either...
Regarding Pakistan, they are still considered a developing nation, how many years after gaining independence? How many years down the line will they still be considered a devleoping nation - 20, 30, 40, 50 always...who knows! Poverty same as in India is a problem, basic human needs are a problem, greed and corruption in both countries is a problem, human life is worth so little and human rights are zero....A country so fragmented will struggle to truly be considered a devloped country.
I just noticed something, you didn't actually try and compare independece in Amercia with that of Pakistan? If so I think you need to have a serious think about what you wrote, Amercia became Independent over 200 years ago, of course they had some way to go...Pakistan gained independence 60 years ago, they should have been more or less a developed country then, let alone now!