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Sexist Traditional Views of India Against Women

Janice Yang & Vickie Xin

 

     For many centuries women in India were considered inferior to men. They were treated unfairly within their social life, education, and religiously. Especially widows were treated unfairly. One of the customs in traditional India was that when the husband died the wife had to commit suicide by throwing themselves in a burning alter for their husbands. Any women who failed to do so became a social and religious outcast. If they did become a widow the women had to shave their heads, wear white, and were excluded from society, temples, and religious festivals. The widow had to sleep, eat, and work separately because their touch was considered impure for seven years. This was extremely unjust because men were allowed to marry, and even polygamy was legal. Education was also sexist in traditional India. Women were educated at home because many believed that this would help women become strict, responsible housewives. However, as time passed and as the British moved in, the views of women became to change. This started in 1829 when women were allowed to marry, but only to other widowers, and their marriage would be terminated after having offspring. This enraged the women even more. The British then created the Shariati Act of the 1930s which created the reform where widows were allowed to collect the bridal money they had to pay to get married. This led to women becoming the first female doctors, lawyers, and teachers in India, and even now these women are considered the saviors of the female sex.

 

 

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     Old widowed women who is shunned from society.

 

 

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     Modern Indian marriage with the bride who is not under aged.

 

 

Indian Grandmother: Are you ready to meet your future husband?
Teen Granddaughter: Grandma?!! What are you talking about? I'm still in high school.
Grandmother: What's your point. I got married when I was 14 years old.
Granddaughter: Grandma it's the 21st century. We don't do that anymore.
Grandmother: Do you think I care? You should follow traditions.
Granddaughter: Grandma why don't you  just worry about your own love life. You know, widows are allowed to marry now.
Grandmother: So, I find that a violation of traditions. Just be glad I didn't throw myself at the burning alter and die. I know how much you need me to guide you through life.
Granddaughter: Whatever. I have to go to school.
Grandmother: Good. You need your education in native and classical language, as well as history, English, and geography to become a proper lady.
Granddaughter: Yeah, okay bye.

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

Works Cited:

   

  Bevir, Mark. "Mothering India." History Today 56.2 (2006): 19+. Gale World History In Context. Web. 6 May. 2011.

 

     Sarkar, Tanika. "Women in South Asia: the Raj and after." History Today 47.9 (1997): 54+. Gale World History In Context. Web. 12 May 2011.

   

 

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