Re: Widows - the world's forgotten women: thier rights and recognition
I feel, the issue is not universal.. and i believe there are many out of context quotes, which may require more discussions..
But let me point some incidents from our family...
In my maternal circle, my grandmother's mother was the controller of the family.. and she virtually dominated everyone, and held all the properties tightly with her.. (her husband, even though goes for work outside, has to give the earnings to her..)
In paternal lineage, my grandfather's mother was virtually feared by all.. no one would dare to provoke her.. and her husband has to give the earnings to her.. incidently she knows mathematics and how to count, and her husband do not know..
And the great grandmothers from both the parental lineage lost their husband earlier, and wore white saree only.. but they virtually controlled all other thing.. they died long back when i was in child hood..
The media will project wearing white saree as discrimination against women.. or it will project it as something forced upon the women kind..
But still my maternal grandmother is wearing white saree... no one compelled her.. its a culture that was religiously followed by women for centuries..
What i want to say is that many of the research studies that we study do not reflect the actual reality.. as in the case of my own experience..
For those who are fortunate enough to get some links with their villages or cultures, they can find from their own experience..
For those who just come to know from media articles, please remember, there are many dimensions to it..
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