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All these years they had kept quiet despite knowing that their son-in-law failed to keep their daughter happy, but out of societal fear they could never confront him.
It's easy to say from a place of privilege that women should be strong and not tolerate abuse, but for the first time I witnessed why many women can't get out of such a hell.
Here is a list of things parents of daughters need to speak up about, but they keep mum and let the daughters suffer. Don't.
Period taboos need to be demolished, and we should talk about it openly with even the men in the family - here's why.
Society is full of 'nice' men who seem to be loving, supportive husbands in the public eye. But only the couple knows what's behind the doors.
We pass on this message over generations that it's okay to display anger but not love. It's okay to hit not hug. It's okay to yell but not apologize.
Most Indian parents don't raise their voice, or don't teach their daughters to raise a voice against abuse. That's where the men and their parents get the guts to run amok.
Disagreement and annoyance is a part of life. But instead of yelling, accusing, abusing, simple calm communication can also sort issues.
Why are women expected to act as the mediators holding families together? Aren't other members responsible for maintaining relationships too?
Misogynist men don't appear out of nowhere - boys can grow up to be good people who support feminism if the parents take responsibility to raise their son right.
Even today, when I see people feeling bad for parents with two daughters, I am left angry. We still can't accept girl children can we?
Parents can do their bit towards a society more respectful of women by joining hands to raise their sons well instead of just lamenting and restricting their daughters.
A woman's first priority is still believed to be taking care of her husband and his family. Her own dreams and career ambitions don't matter.
Our girls are raised to feel 'grateful', growing up into women conditioned to feel guilty about prioritizing themselves before their parents, spouse or children.
A grand wedding to please society, and tons of jewellery to please the in-laws should not be the parameters to decide a daughter's happiness. Their education should be.
The shackles of patriarchy still need to be broken. But it isn't an easy task when women are conditioned by it too. Often their toxic behaviour nurtures it!
Women are constantly expected to be superwomen when it comes to managing the family, their careers and the kitchen. I think it's time we stopped that!
Women always have to justify their choices. I wonder why? We should strive towards living a guilt-free life with no regrets.
She knew she had nowhere to go. Her parents would never believe that Nitesh had this facet. He was very well-behaved in front of them.
"Neerja, its good to take care of your family, but don't try to become so sacrificing and devoted that you forget your own existence. No point in trying to make everyone else happy but yourself."
"You are annoyed with me only because I can't give you a grandchild? Why just me? Can you say the same thing to your son?" Priya asked.
We have always heard how daughters are caring and how sons are incapable of handling themselves or others. This will change your mind.
They forget that if you want a change then be the change. Be the change Maa. Don't worry about me. I am extremely proud to be your daughter.
Many young people today are more aware of gender inequality in India, and burning with the passion to act for gender justice.
For many girls, sexual harassment is a very real threat due to caste and gender acting against them. Here’s what young people had to say.
Girls want to have the freedom to have fun just as much as boys. Patriarchal restrictions of morality just push them into leading a dual life.
Are husbands little kids that they are 'expected' to throw temper tantrums in a marriage? Why isn't a husband expected to be adult enough to own his part in being a couple?
When everything was hunky-dory, this author got handed a diagnosis of incurable psoriatic arthritis. How did she deal with it?
If we have to eliminate gender differences, we need to begin early, with our children, and raise our boys and girls without differentiating between them.
Nisha didn’t expect this reaction from her mother. She looked at her father for support. He looked at her mother and said, “Girls shouldn’t be given so much of freedom."
Why are good husbands who consider their wife an equal in all aspects so rare? It has much to do with how they are brought up, in my opinion!
Women's sexuality is a completely taboo topic in our country - how dare they have desires and enjoy sex? Then they must be #AskingForIt!
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