Despite all the hype about India
turning into an economic and military superpower, the Indian society still does a terrible job treating women, particularly widows. The same Indian men
that are hired by multi national companies
and work on breakthrough technologies that impact lives of people worldwide, act like pets in front of their parents - not only their parents pick the woman that they are going to marry
, they also make unreasonable dowry demands. It is also no secret in the Indian society that countless women are tortured in the country for failing to bring sufficient dowry (not just at the time of wedding but for any weddings, funerals, and festivals in the future) - in some cases, these women are simply murdered by the husband and/or his family.
The story of widows is even worse. Within moments of the last breath of her husband, these women are treated worse than animals, and forced to work like slaves the rest of their lives tending to others in the family. They cannot be invited to weddings or any festive occasions, many women would not let their children near them (for the fear of a curse), can only wear simple white clothes, and can never do anything that will make them happy - forget about remarrying.
I came across this commercial, which is quite funny, but exposes the ugly side of India.Widows in India
Labels: dowry, india, indian men, indian society, widows