How woman were treated in the 17th and 18th centuries?
Women were treated very badly, the following are some traditions in earlier days where women were treated very badly.
- THE POSITION IN WOMEN IN SOCIETY:
In communities across India, women were not treated with respect. Her husband, brother and father, husbend took her decisions. Women didn’t have any right to inherit their father’s property.
- LIMITED ACCESS TO EDUCATION:
Women were discouraged from attending schools and colleges. It was believed that once women got a chance to study they would be unwilling to do household work and may obey their husband’s words.
- CHILD MARRIAGE:
Girls were married off at a very young age when they were just 5 or 6 years old. They are even not ready for marriage physically emotionally or mentally.
The practice of sati had become common in many parts of India. Widow were told that this was the only way they could attain salvation.
- FEMALE INFANTICIDE:
The birth of a girl child was seen as a curse in many parts of India. Many female infants died of neglect, while some were deliberately killed.