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Aditi Sahu
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Our society puts millions of unrealistic expectations upon women. A beautiful woman but who doesn’t have self-confidence because that could intimidate men. A smart woman but not smart enough to state her opinions. And an educated woman but not so much that she has a job, as she should be “homely”. Why exactly are Indian women expected to be homely?

Because from the time immemorial, women have been expected to be the sole caretaker in the family, by being “homely”, they can take care of their children and the house in a better way. After all, hasn’t society always treated women like nothing but a butler? The Indian society feels threatened whenever a woman gets out of her suffocating shell and decides to do something for herself. And that is why they have put her under the burden of so many expectations, that she rarely gets time to do something for herself. All she does is for others, her children, her husband, her in-laws. She doesn’t have a life of her own. She is stuck in a “homely” persona that the society has created for her.