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Male-to-female imbalances — whereby men and males are privileged over women and women’s characteristics remain highly integrated into current social systems, generating and perpetuating a patriarchal sex system. It is all too clear how religion plays an important role to strengthen patriarchy. It would not be exaggerated to assert that religion is the most powerful power and the main nourishing component behind patriarchy. The concept of male dominance is spread by almost every organized religion. Women are lower than men physically, psychologically, emotionally, and sexually. Later, because they are ‘naturally’ superior, have particular rights and prerogatives. In Islam, for example, men are entitled exclusively to immediate and unilateral divorce. The reason behind women’s denial is that ‘women in their nature wish to be sensible and self-control’ as provided by certain classic lawyers. This patronization and leadership propensity is not exclusive to Islam. Nearly every religion and its holy scriptures promote the rule of women by men and advertise the same thing as past religions. God instructed Eve according to Genesis 3:16 that, “… the husband is going to dominate you.” That was after the prohibited fruit was devoured by Adam and Eve; a folly for which Eve was categorically accountable. Sati’s practice of widows’ self-immolations of their husbands’ funeral-pyres prospered for ages since it was rooted in a woman’s belief that she is utility less without her husband.

Unfortunately, this idea was only given validity due to the associated societal conditions, an artwork with religious norms. Though she had no reference in the Hindu scriptures and had neither support nor support, Sati was practiced in large part among certain Hindu communities because she conformed to the general notion of an “ideal” wife as the imitation of Goddess Sati who immolated herself because of the inability to bear her husband, Lord Shiva, humiliated by her father. What is worrisome is the profound insight into the common mind and behavior of this faithfully sanctioned patriarchy. Moreover, the Supreme God is always perceived as a male in all religions. Written by males, the scriptures are mostly understood to match their own image of the desired social order and of the optimal gender dynamics. The spiritual and temporal religious organizations are dominated by men and are mainly off-limited to women, although they generally recognize that women are more religiously and ethically inclined and have the qualities necessary for carrying them out. Inherently patriarchal are all world religions. The scriptures justify exploitation, and the rituals maintain women in the structure. However, religion is becoming more tolerant by secularising religions and modernizing them.