"I want to be able to go out and work too. Purdah and other such practices should end", says a woman who has been forced to don the veil in her marital home poignantly. "Why is it that men are not forced to wear the veil our?" asks our Community Correspondent and pat comes the reply from another woman in a purdah -- because they wouldn't look good in it!"
The veil is only the symptom of the deeper malaise that runs deep in our society where women are seen as secondary citizens whose needs must always come after that of the men.
COMMUNITY CORRESPONDENT MADHURI CHAUHAN FROM UTTAR PRADESH REPORTS FOR VIDEO VOLUNTEERS. THIS SERIES DOCUMENTING EVERYDAY PATRIARCHY IS SUPPORTED BY UNFPA
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