Restriction on widow remarriage. Poverty effects women more than men. Lack of awareness about government schemes. Still, status of women in India is inferior to status of men.
Krishna at Goddess Radharani's feet. The Muslim conquest in the Indian subcontinent brought changes to Indian society. The position of Indian women in society deteriorated during this period.
The Rajputs of Rajasthan, started the practice of Jauhar after a century of Islamic invasions in the 10th century.
After the attack by Mohammed-Bin-Qasim in 10th century, and the killing of Raja Dahir, his wife and daughters were sent off as sex slaves to Damascus. This type of slavery prevalent in 10th century may have resulted in the evolution of Jauhar in Western India, which were the first parts of India exposed to invasions from the Persian and Turkish empires.
Polygamy was practised among Hindu Kshatriya rulers. Nair warrior communities in Kerala practiced polyandry for centuries, during the medieval period up to the British 18th century.
The status of women of Islamic faith followed Islamic precepts, and rules of Sharia. Women were restricted to Zenana areas of the house,[ citation needed ] had to wear the Burqa or niqab, and were not allowed to venture outside alone without a male guardian.
Their rights were dictated by the Sharia law, which prevented women from getting a share of the inherited wealth.
The Apastamba Sutra shows the elevated position of women that existed during the 4th century B. A man is not allowed to abandon his wife A 1. He permits daughters to inherit A 2. There can be no division of property between a husband and a wife, because they are linked inextricably together and have joint custody of the property A 2.
Thus, a wife may make gifts and use the family wealth on her own when her husband is away A 2. This book shows that role of women during marriage had been specified clearly, and the patriarchal view of society had emerged clearly, as they detail the service of women to men in marriage.
However, there were cases of women often becoming prominent in the fields of politics, literature, education and religion also during this period.
The Gond queen Durgavati ruled for fifteen years before losing her life in a battle with Mughal emperor Akbar 's general Asaf Khan in Chand Bibi defended Ahmednagar against the powerful Mughal forces of Akbar in the s.
Jehangir 's wife Nur Jehan effectively wielded imperial power, and was recognised as the real power behind the Mughal throne.
The Mughal princesses Jahanara and Zebunnissa were well-known poets, and also influenced the ruling powers. Shivaji 's mother, Jijabaiwas queen regent because of her ability as a warrior and an administrator.
Tarabai was another female Maratha ruler. In South India, many women administered villages, towns, and divisions, and ushered in new social and religious institutions. Akka Mahadevi was a prominent figure of the Veerashaiva Bhakti movement of the 12th century Karnataka.
Her Vachanas in Kannadaa form of didactic poetry, are considered her most notable contribution to Kannada Bhakti literature. To quote Sir Lepel Griffin K. S, from his books on Sikh history, the Sikh women "have on occasions shown themselves the equals of men in wisdom and administrative ability.
A passing reference of the role of some of them towards the end of the eighteenth century and in the first half of the nineteenth century may not be out of place here.
Rani Sada Kaur, widow of Sardar Gurbakhsh Singh Kanaihya and mother-in-law of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, was well versed in the affairs of the state and commanded her soldiers in the battle-field. She was a very shrewd lady with a thorough grasp of statecraft.
Mai Desan, the widow of Charhat Singh Sukarchakia, was a great administrator, an experienced and a wise diplomat who conducted the civil and military affairs dexterously. Dharam Kaur, wife of Dal Singh of Akalgarh, after her husband's imprisonment by Ranjit Singh, mounted guns on the walls of her fort and fought against the Durbar forces.
She was a brave and a wise lady who was able, for some time, to foil the designs of the Lahore ruler on her territory. Ram Kaur, the elder Sardarni, maintained her control over the district of Hoshiarpur which provided her a revenue of two lakh ruprees and Sardarni Rattan Kaur kept Chhalondi in her possession, fetching her an annual revenue of three lakh rupees.
She administered her territory efficiently. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
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