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In
this paper, I would like to discuss some
of the traditions in India that show extreme gender inequality between males
and females. Before coming up to the topic of Indian traditions, it is better
for us to understand what is the meaning of tradition and how does tradition
come from. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the word “tradition” has the
meaning of “a belief, principle, or the way of acting that people in a
particular society or group have continued to follow for a long time.”
Referring to Wikipedia, it has provided a general reason for the creation of
traditions, “a tradition may be deliberately created and
promulgated for personal, commercial, political, or national self-interest.” With the diversity
of beliefs, religions, and cultures in a different district, it gives rise to the wide variety of
traditions. For the arises of every tradition, there is always a story behind
it. India as one of the world’s oldest
civilization, having the population of around 1,345,868,667 within 28 states
and 7 territories in 3,287,263 square kilometers, it can be described as the
first and supreme culture in the world. With the difference of nationality in
India and the influence of traditional civilization, India becomes one of the largest ethnic melting pot. With
the binding of numerous of cultures, religions, and
practices, India is then being well known
for the diversity of customs and practices. Aside from the diversity of consuetudes, India was also well known for gender
inequality. Women in India are being labeled as incapable and are unfitted for
public duties. With the low social status, women are always being treated in a brutal
way, crimes against women become the norms.

 

Females in ancient India used to have only four status-role,
daughter, wife, housewife, and mother, they are not permitted to join any
social or political activities. Life of an Indian woman
can be said as pathetic, from unfair child marriage to paternal property, and
to bride and widow burning, every single consuetude reflects the crazy worship
of masculism of Indians. One of the most famous unethical consuetudes in India was most probably the
widow burning. This practice of burning a widow to death together with the dead
body of her husband can be dated back to the first century BC when people
started to have the thought of sacrificing the wife can help to save the
husband from the hands of Yama’s messengers. This unethical practice had been forbidden by the British on the 4th
December 1829, the cruelness of this tradition can never be underestimated. But
most surprisingly, this cruel act did not only being practiced within the border
of India, it was also practiced by the ancient Greeks, Germans, Slavs, Scandinavians,
Egyptians and Chinese. In the following paragraph, we will further discuss the
topic of where does this practice originated from.

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Sati
(or suttee) is an obsolete tradition in India, that has over a thousand of the year
of history. This practice originated from an
old myth of Hinduism, and was only put
into practice by the Royals to guarantee that
the widows of the royal family will be clean and

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