What is the status of the village woman relative to her male counterpart? Does the village woman actually have a significantly lower status than the man, or is this beliefprimarily a cultural myth, with rather little basis in reality? Is it possible that status position differs for upper versus lower caste Women, relative to their male counterparts?
A few arguments support the conclusion that the village woman has a low status. For example,system in most parts of Indian is patrilineal and patrilocal, conditions which tend to support the dominant role of men. The wife usually assumes her husband’s name and joins his patrilineal group (gotra).
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