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In human history we find that women have been mistreated in almost every country or culture Mistreating and discriminating against women is more the rule than the exemption Some more than others world religions follow the same trait In this paper we will research and discuss the role and impact of women in two of the most important and extended religions in the world Buddhism and Hinduism Women in Hinduism Womens position in Hinduism has always been unclear Women were traditionally expected to serve their husbands and to have no autonomous interests Because Hinduism comes from many different sources and traditions Hindu sacred writings have many philosophical contradictions On the one hand some Hindu sacred writings predominantly of the earlier period gave immense value to women and were venerated as a symbol of the divine on the other hand other Hindu sacred writings discriminated women to incredible extremes Women were treated as inferior beings For example long time ago when a man died his widow had to commit suicide by throwing herself on his funeral pyre This was going on for long time until the colonial power England forbids it with strict laws Another example is an old Hindu writing Manu 93 Her father protects her in childhood her husband protects her in youth and her sons protect her in old age a woman is never fit for independence in addition law in India is biased against women rights An article in a New Delhis newspaper clearly show the extreme discrimination that women suffers in India IPS Dec 18 2004 India where extreme patriarchal attitudes prevail is about to make a giant step towards gender equality by introducing a bill that would give women an equal share in family property To be introduced in the ongoing session of Parliament the Hindu Amendment Bill 2004 will remove discriminatory provisions in a law enacted in 1956 that ensured that only males inherit ancestral property
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