As a girl form a rather traditional conservative Indian family, I feel less of a person because of my gender. Apparently, I’m not emotionally strong, not physically capable and not physiologically pure.
Why has this happened to us?
It may not be same all over the world but women everywhere do face a form of oppression. It generally comes with an excuse that it is meant to protect us women, from ourselves more often than not. Is it true that our emotions are self-destructive?
I have seen women being excluded from Indian/Hindu funeral rites because they ‘can’t handle it’. This patriarchal attitude seems unacceptable to me, but my voice is always hushed down with a frivolous argument about traditional practices.
Women are generally not allowed to cemeteries; honestly I would understand if the excuse for women not having to go is because someone has to stay at home and prepare the house (cleaning, cooking etc.). As women have always been the homemakers it is plausible that they are more capable of handling the household and preparing food for the guests. In today’s world where everything is bought, ordered and household chores are made easier with the invention various machine why can’t women go all the way to the cemetery?