Photo: PTI. With the election seemingly drawing to a close, many news outlets have been releasing exit polls, exposing the political leanings of different racial, gender and age groups. The practice of dowry exchange has assumed a prominent place in contemporary society even though there are enough legal provisions to curb it. Enjoy reading as many articles as you wish without any limitations. Caste divisions in India dictate one’s occupation, dietary habits, rituals, marriage and other interactions with members of other castes. 0. The struggle for women’s emancipation cannot be separated from the fight against the hierarchical caste system which both perpetuates and strengthens Brahminical patriarchy in India. The reporting of honour killing is minimal as most cases go unreported owing to various social factors. The usage clearly signifies the attitude of dominant sections that obstruct the rights of marginalised communities rather than indicate/target any particular caste. Members of the upper castes enjoy more wealth and opportunities, while those of the lower castes perform menial jobs. As an independent student newspaper and the paper of record for the city of Berkeley, the Daily Cal has been communicating important updates during this pandemic. Endogamy controls the reproductive power of women through strict rules and regulations regarding marriage and sexual behaviour.

I believe that all men benefit from the fact that our president was caught claiming to sexually harass women and nothing was done about it. Readers who have been part of this journey are our source of strength. The NFHS III conducted in 2005-06 recorded that 47.5 per cent of women and 32.3 per cent of men had admitted to being married before the prescribed legal age. So patriarchy didn’t just suddenly appear within the last four years; it was simply subtler and not as detectable. When the chief executive officer of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, held up a placard that read “Smash Brahminical Patriarchy” while meeting a group of feminists during a visit to India in November 2018, it created a huge uproar in the media, forcing him to apologise. The practice of virilocality further alienated a woman from her parental support system and made her dependent on her husband’s family, with her parents always at the disposal of her husband’s family demands. In spite of patriarchy having common features across societies, it acts differently in every society, combining with other dominant structures. The “untouchables” are in a permanent state of “impurity” and forced to do menial jobs such as toilet cleaning and garbage removal. In fact, rape and other acts of sexual violence are one of the most under-reported crimes in India, considering the patriarchal values associated with women’s sexuality and morality. In spite of patriarchy having common features across societies, it acts differently in every society, combining with other dominant structures. The shocking aspect is that such patriarchal attitudes are institutionalised and legalised by laws in contemporary India. Around 72 per cent of all Hindu girls married before 10 are from rural areas, where caste still plays a dominant role in their social life. These 15- and 16-year-olds were learning this misogyny from somewhere. The print medium all over the world is no exception.

All of this to me points to the power of the white patriarchy and the coattail it has of those who depend on it or aspire to it. Copyright © 2020 The Daily Californian, The Independent Berkeley Student Publishing Co., Inc. Patriarchy generally refers to the hierarchical power relation in which men are dominant and women are subordinate. Yeah. The yearly celebration of women’s day and the ritualistic glorification and worship of women notwithstanding, there is an urgent need for a critical appraisal of the status of women in India. Dr Venkatanarayanan S. teaches at Andaman Law College, Port Blair.

According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) III (2005-06), only 10 per cent of marriages in India are inter-caste. How could anyone think these racist and misogynistic things and, on top of that, be happy someone was saying these thoughts for them? This is patriarchy and power playing itself out in a sexual dimension. Moreover, other discriminatory patriarchal norms such as virginity and virilocality (the practice of a married woman staying in her husband’s home) were imposed to control the sexuality of women and protect the caste system through endogamy. In a marked departure from its usual stance, the IMF makes a plea for enhanced public expenditure that is debt-financed, but hidden within its recommendations is an agenda for private sector revival. After this incident, an uncle of mine, while not outwardly defending Trump, claimed, “That’s just locker room talk. The advertisements and TV shows seeking bridegrooms clearly indicate how marriages within caste are still a dominant phenomenon in present-day India. I recall one of the many times he was exposed as the misogynist he is: A recording of him was leaked in which, referring to women, he said he would “grab ’em by the pussy.” After hearing this recording, I thought to myself: This has to be it.
The usage clearly signifies the attitude of dominant sections that obstruct the rights of marginalised communities rather than indicate/target any particular caste. Students at a dowry prohibition awareness rally in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu in January 2018. Subscribing to the online edition, I am confident, will make it mutually beneficial. In India, this nexus between patriarchy and the caste system has been found to be historically exploitative and mutually feeding off each other. As the distribution of printed copies is unlikely to resume any time soon, Frontline will come to you only through the digital platform until the return of normality. Family honour is equated with caste honour, which controls the sexuality of women to protect the purity of the caste system. The caste system also allowed anuloma (hypergamy), where a man from an upper caste could marry a woman from a lower caste, as it did not disturb patriliny (tracing descent through the father).