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Social and political Values and Systems in India.

Problems of rural women

 In rural India, most of the women are victim of poverty, ignorance, illiteracy and unemployment. Poverty frequently pushes unemployed men to leave their families behind and go to distant places in search of jobs. In about 30% to 35% rural households, women are sole breadwinner with complete responsibility to raise children and run the household.

Women of weaker and vulnerable sections of society are at disadvantage due to: –

 Class oppression due to poverty,

  Caste oppression due to inter caste clashes, and

  Gender oppression.

Most of the women belonging to this section become victims of abuse, harassment, humiliation and exploitation because of the laziness, drunkenness, vices or violent attitude of their own men-folk or incapacity of their men folk to protect their women. They tolerate atrocities on their women by others with down cast eyes. Wife beating, desertions, polygamy are the common practices amongst them. In addition to it women’s own helplessness, unawareness or inherent weaknesses put them in difficult situations.   Usually they either curse others for their agonies or their fate.

However, women belonging to lower castes get laxity in regard to all those social or religious restrictions, rituals and observances, by which the so-called purity of caste Hindu women is protected like Pardah system, poligamy, Sati Pratha or restrictions on widows etc. Purdah system has never been a common practice there. Widows have lesser ritual or religious restrictions. Divorce or remarriage has always been allowed to them.

 All rural women irrespective of caste or class have to suffer more than urban women in three critical areas : –

  Access to education,

 Reproductive health, and

 Credit resources.


October 15, 2009 - Posted by | Women's issues


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