The Past and Present Views on the Status of Women in Indian Society

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Introduction In India, past and present, the status and freedom that are held by women has and is in a constant decline due to both external and cultural factors that not only causes large panic, but defensive reactions that negatively affect and hinder the women in their culture. Many studies conducted, have shown that the influence of other cultures and religions have made an impression on the ideas of Indian men that have resulted in alterations to certain behaviors, attire, possession and customs. In the beginning the treatment and views of Indian women was somewhat degrading and depressing, often called the “dark ages”. Even in today’s modern times, although some changes have been made the condition and atmosphere of the Indian women has not transformed much. The changes can be best described as going from bad to not so bad. Rituals of Indian Medieval Times The many rituals that were in place in the medieval times are so horrific when compared to those of American customs relative to the women. There were many practices such as Saiti, the ritual of a woman dying at...

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