Indian Married Women
In India, most girls married between the ages of 20-24 years old. Even thought the legal age for girl to marry is 18 year old, some are still married off as young as 15 years old. It was noted by the government that early marriages of these young girl lead to problems such as:
It is very true that many men and women go in for arranged marriages in India. Many of these men and women have little knowledge about the person they are about to wed. Even if they do, there are many other problems faces by Indian married women including:
- Lack of awareness
- Limited mobility and decision-making authority; and
- Lack of communication with husbands. This is the most important bearing on the ability of adolescent girls to make informed choices and seek appropriate care.
In the Indian culture it attaches a great importance to the purity and virtue of men and women. Many people who follow the principle typically have not had any sexual experience till they are married. Married women spend most of there time with the family members, mostly other female relatives. For those who are privileged enough to have and education will have friends from their school or work. Other without usually spend their time with household chores, raising children, watching movies, and caring for the community.
- The Dowry System - This is a widespread practice in India where the groom and his family calls for a large sum of money to be paid to them at the time of the marriage. If the bride cannot meet the husband's and the in-laws expectation they are often subject to harassment and abused by the husband and the in-laws after the wedding. Harassment and abused are only small concerns as some bride who cannot meet that expectation are burned in a gruesome fashions.
- Desire for male child - Married women are expected to have male off-springs. Any female offspring are often neglected or put to death passing off as accidents. An unnatural imbalance in the male and female population has caused numerous problems for women.
- Eve teasing - Unwanted touching of women in public places.
- Unequal share of inheritance - In a lot of Hindu families, only the sons inherits the wealth of the parents as married daughters are considered no longer part of the family. A wife, a son, and a slave, these three are declared to have no property; the wealth which they earn is (acquired) for him to whom they belong.
- Lack of education - As women are treated with lack of respect and position in the society, they are often left out of the basic need in education. It is believed that because they are married off and to be left at home to look after her children, husband and in-laws the need of education is not required.
- Lack of public toilets - This is more of a hygiene problem in India. This makes it even more difficult for women and girls to get out of the house.
- No Divorce - Under most religion in India, divorce is not permitted. Therefore, once a married woman is married it is forever until death.
- No Remarriage - If a married woman runs away from her harsh husband and in-laws, she could never get remarried.
- Treatment of widows - many families blame the unfortunate death of a husband to the misfortune of the wife. In extreme cases, the widow is made to wear only unattractive clothing and shave her head. The married women would also fill ashamed and look down by family and relative members. They would also never remarry again.