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Gender Roles in India

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Gender Roles in India - Dareen Sinno & Salma El Siebai
Male 's Role in Society
Gender roles is started right after the birth of boys and girls. Boys are showered in love and affection and taught to be outgoing, receive better healthcare, and are respected.

Even though many Indian men are aware of laws against violence against women, 65 percent of Indian men said they believe there are times that women deserve to be beaten.

80 percent of men agreed that changing diapers, bathing, and feeding children are a mother's responsibility. Only 16 percent of Indian men said that they had a role in domestic matters such as washing clothes, preparing food or cleaning the house.

Female 's Role in Society
Girls are encouraged to be more introverted and be homebodies.
"In childhood a female must be subject to her father, in youth to her husband, when her lord is dead to her sons; a woman must never be independent." Manu rules.

Problems within Indian society affects women's health, financial status, education, and political involvement.

Women are commonly married young, quickly become mothers, and are then burdened by domestic and financial responsibilities. They are frequently malnourished since women typically are the last member of a household to eat and the last to receive medical attention.

Conclusion
Introduction
Traditionally in the Indian culture the gender roles are quite specific and very traditional. The women are supposed to take care of raising children and perform domestic works while the men provide financial support.
Television in India
Women's Autonomy
Women's preference for male children fell by 12 percent. The average number of situations in which women said that wife beating is acceptable fell by about 10 percent.

When television reached India, girls' rates of school attendance between the ages of 6 and 10 were 8 percent more likely to go to school.

Only 54 percent of Indian women are literate as compared to 76 percent of men.
Women receive little schooling, and suffer from unfair and biased inheritance and divorce laws.
It is shown that an average woman's wage is 30 percent lower than a man's wage working in a similar position.
In India, gender inequality is displayed in many different ways, including a preference for sons over daughters.
Television is having a helpful effect on women in India.

In the last decade, television has arrived in Indian villages, bringing with it Indian soap operas.

Their female characters are well-educated, work outside the home, control their own money, and have fewer children. Women's attitudes changed quickly.

Men and Women in India
India: The most dangerous country in the world to be a girl.
Religion and Women
In Hinduism women play a secondary role. A woman has limited freedom.
As a young child, she lives under the protection of her father.
As a wife, she lives under the protection of her husband, and acts as his partner and helper.
As a mother, she raises her child, and shaped their destiny.

Unlike in Hinduism, women’s position in the Quran appears to be slightly better.
Women are at least allowed to hold and inherit property and have the right to divorce a husband.

Women were not treated as fair as men were. Men were valued more than women, and overall were preferred. But over time, and after the introduction of television, it has given women more freedom in their lives.
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