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What is the status of women in the practice of Hinduism?

Tags: hinduism, religion & spirituality
Asked by sudhakar kuruvada, 15 Apr '13 04:48 pm
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One of the most profound attributes of Hinduism is the recognition and worship of the God as feminine. In fact, Hinduism is the only major religion, which has always worshipped God in female form and continues to do so today. Hindus revere Gods energy, or Shakti, through its personification in a Goddess. The Vedas are replete with hymns extolling the equality of men and women in the spiritual, social and educational realms. It is unfortunate, however, that the gender equality of the Vedic period and that of the Hindu view of the Divine has been corrupted by the realities of social practice and taboo. Yet, Hinduism remains one of a few major religions in which women have occupied and continue to occupy some of the most respected positions in the spiritual leadership including, Sharda Devi, The Mother, Anandamayi, Amritanandmayi Devi or Ammachi, Shree Maa, Anandi Ma, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda and Ma Yoga Shakti.
Answered by LIPSIKA, 15 Apr '13 04:51 pm

 
  
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Even if you say Hinduism glorified woman and woman hood etc etc, the fact remains like all the major religions she has had no say in either the family affair or governance. She was considered as the tool to enlarge the family and considered as a valuable possession only and nothing else.It took thousands of years to uplift her status to the current level and it will take another 100 years to put them on par with the men.
Answered by Josna, 15 Apr '13 05:26 pm

 
  
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The Hindu Woman has no right to divorce her husband.
She has no property or inheritance rights.
Choice of partner is limited because she can only marry within her own caste; moreover her horoscope must match that of the intending bridegroom/family.
The family of the girl has to offer an enormous dowry to the bridegroom/family.
If her husband dies she should commit Sati (being cremated with her dead husband). Since today's law forbids Sati, society mainly punishes her in other "holy" ways (see below).
She cannot remarry.
The widow is considered to be a curse and must not be seen in public. She cannot wear jewelry or colourful clothes. (She should not even take part in her children's marriage!)
Child and infant marriage is encouraged.
Answered by Psycho, 15 Apr '13 04:54 pm

 
  
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All religions are MALE ORIENTED......some religions more, some less.
Different religions use different devices and techniques to suppress and exploit women. Hinduism used a very effective device where women are elevated to the status of a Goddess, and unnatural and divine characteristics are attributed to her. A women who cant rise to those prescriptions (which is not possible) are seen as fallen and can be treated badly. Sita, Shoorpanaka, Ahalya, Parasuram's mother(forgot her name), Draupadi are all treated very badly. Person who hacked his own mother and who abandoned his pregnant wife in forest are all hailed as avatar. Another man who pawned his wife for gambling is called Dharmaraja.
Answered by Shunmugham, 16 Apr '13 01:00 pm

 
  
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Hinduism is the only major religion, which has always worshipped God in female form and continues to do so today. Hindus revere Gods energy, or Shakti, through its personification in a Goddess.
Answered by Quest, 16 Apr '13 09:56 am

 
  
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Women in Hinduism have a rich past. In ancient India, women were treated equal to men and in fact they were considered superior to men in many aspects. It is indeed remarkable to note that the word for strength, virility and power in Hindu culture is represented by the feminine Shakti. Shakti is the all prevailing universal manifestation of the feminine and she is worshiped as the goddess of strength, valour and power in Hinduism. All male power is said to be derived from this universal power and strength of the feminine principle. As per Hindu Mythology and literature kings and towns were completely destroyed because a single woman was wronged by the state or the people in power. Examples are Ravana in the epic called Ramayana and the Kauravas in Mahabharatha.

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Answered by anil garg, 15 Apr '13 10:43 pm

 
  
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In our Country , 60 millions girls have gone missing due to female child foe- t o- cide when Girls is killed even before being born for no sin of here , it is too hard to think her as another human being
Answered by truth exposed, 15 Apr '13 05:03 pm

 
  
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Women is a divine gift to human being.....
Answered by vijay, 15 Apr '13 04:55 pm

 
  
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Practice of hinduism or preching of hinduism? Hindus follow conflicting standards in maintaining status of women.
Answered by INDER VIG, 15 Apr '13 04:52 pm

 
  
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All respect... they are allowed to go out by themselves,,, and wear whatever they want,, they are financially independent and have right to speak as she likes :D
Answered by conviction, 15 Apr '13 04:50 pm

 
  
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