Women's Rights in India by elyse Gay

Women and Men in India are born with rights. Of those rights men have an extreme advantage over women due to culture and religion. In religion, the men are supposed to be the "owners" of women and men are supposed to make the decisions for the family. The women are supposed to cook, clean, and obey everything that there fathers, husband, and brothers with no hesitation or rejection. Men are supposed obey the law of Manu, which is that all men have great respect for their daughters and wives, but today it is the complete opposite. Today in India it is even worse.

How are women treated and what rights do they have today and back then?

Crimes against women in India

Crimes against women show an upward trend, in particular brutal crimes such as rapes, dowry deaths, and honor killings. ethnicity, caste and class all play a huge role in how women are treated and gender equality and how men perceive their view of masculinity and how they control women.These trends are disturbing as a natural prediction would be that with growth comes education and prosperity, and a possible decline in adherence to traditional institutions and socially prescribed gender roles that hold women back. The educated and the wealthier men have more "respect" for their partner, but if any man experiences economic stress they are likely to be physical abusive. The violence and the need to have only a son was least likely among the wealthier. Men with higher education and wealthier men were least likely to have extreme control over the partner and more likely to respect them as an equal. Also men who are economically stable are more respectful to their partners than anybody else.

How women and girls are treated in India

When most girls turn 16 they are forced to marry a man and move out of their parents home. The men they forcefully marry usually already have another wife or wives. Most girls are not allowed to go to school or encouraged to find a job. There job is took cook, clean, and be obedient to her new and old family. They are not asked if they would like to live with these stranger or not. Either way around this age they will be kicked out of their homes. The men have strict rules that the women must follow and that women can not handle important decisions and that they (the men) have to make it for them) for their family. If they disobey the man or if they are upset the man does act violently upon his partner(s).

Sons vs. Daughters

In India there is a enormous preference for sons over daughters. This is because sons are usually the ones to gain inheritance from their families and pass it on. As his parents get older it is also his job to care for his parents as they get older. This preference is mostly among the poorer, less educated, and older wanted a son over a daughter. The men in higher economic places don't have as high as preference of a poorer family in India. Because there is a higher preference for sons instead of daughters there is a lack of women in this community women are being trafficked, abducted, forced to marry and/or being shared between brothers.

How they are trying to help

By educating the young about women's rights and equality between men and women ads and campaigns on fixing and reshaping gender roles between men and women, and new laws to help get rid of gender inequality in India. The new women's act allows women to find protection from the husbands or former husbands and declaring the ex-husband a complete stranger to her, but it will be almost impossible given the way of there religion and ways in India work.

Why is it important for Americans to know about the legacy of Hinduism/Buddhism?

It is important for Americans to know about the legacy of Hinduism and Buddhism because it teaches and shows them the values of American life and rights and the legacy of hinduism and buddhism teach those lessons and values in a good or bad way. In this case it teaches Americans through a rough lesson.

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