It is a civil law meant primarily for protection orders and not meant to penalize criminally.
However, due to the difference in the historical and social culture of India, the debate in favour of Indian women had to be conducted creatively and certain Western ideas had to be rejected.
Some of the most acrimonious and emotionally charged debates of the nineteenth century round precisely those issues which signified women's oppression and their poor position.
These movements resisted 'colonial interventions in gender relations' particularly in the areas of family relations.
Girls also have less access to their family's income and assets, which is exacerbated among poor, rural Indian families. A band of emancipated women emerged under the influence of Gandhi.
Women also tend to have poor utilization of voting rights because they possess low levels of political awareness and sense of political efficacy.
The report recognised the fact that in India, women were oppressed under a system of structural hierarchies and injustices. Peasant women played an important role in the rural satyagrahas of Borsad and Bardoli.
Although women in Kerala do not actually fish.