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A daughter in law is often treated like an unpaid maid, even among educated people. Does it need the Supreme Court of India to force mindset change?
In May 2016, the Supreme Court of India commented on this social problem while upholding the sentence of a man convicted of serious domestic abuse, leading to the suicide of his wife. Read the full story here.
Quoting from the news: “A daughter-in-law is to be treated as a member of the family with warmth and affection and not as a stranger with respectable and ignoble indifference. She should not be treated as a house maid. No impression should be given that she can be thrown out of her matrimonial home at any time,” a bench of Justices KS Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra said.
The highest court of India had to guide millions of Indians on the way to behave with their daughter in law. Do we need to tell people, is it not obvious?
As obvious as the values we received in our moral science class?
Or as obvious as the lessons a girl is bestowed with when she is about to marry?
Sadly, the reported facts of India tell a different story, and hence the aforementioned statement from the court. If read by the intended audience it would deter them from treating their daughters-in-law badly, hopefully!
For the future generation, I think we need to also include the following in the moral sciences lectures:
Hopefully, in the future generations the facts and figures would be different.
Published here earlier.
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