Luckily the ban was lifted, but there are still temples that exclude women from worshipping because of things that they cannot control.
Women in Marriage
In India many women marry at a young age, especially if there are in an arranged marriage. Old traditions make the bride leave her family and live with her new husband, and/or other relatives. Women in arranged marriages have few choices. Either they obey their parents and marry a stranger, or become disowned by their parents. Women also receive little rights in marriage because the Indian Supreme Court does not recognize marital rape as a crime. Because of this new wives sometimes feel trapped and thousands of them commit suicide a year. There is also a tradition in India that the bride's family has to pay a dowry to the groom's family. But, the groom's family does not have to pay anything. It is highly unfair and it can result to dowry violence (which can occur if not a lot of money is given).
Why I Chose This Topic...
I chose this question because I was curious about how women fit into the culture of India. I also wanted to know what influenced that role. Some questions that I wondered were What Roles Do Women Have in (Indian) Society? How Are People Discriminating Women? Why Are They Discriminating Women? What Can We Do To Fix Gender Inequality and Women's Rights?
The Legacy of Ancient India in Modern Life
In the Laws of Manu, the roles of women include being a happy wife, being dependent on the men in the house, and knowing how to manage the household. Another important rule is that women should be honored by the men in her family. Although Hinduism is a major religion in India, the rule about respected women in not enforced as well as the other rules. A lot of women in marriages are abused by their husband, verbally, and physically. They are the ones who shoulder the burden of caring for their household mostly alone. Keeping traditions from the past is okay, but both genders should not feel pressured to conform to stereotypes from centuries ago.