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'Wife Must Obey Husband', 87 Percent Indians Agree As Per Pew Study

A new report by Pew Research Center revolves around how Indians look at women in politics, gender roles and more.
Published -05 Mar 2022, 09:33 ISTUpdated -05 Mar 2022, 10:37 IST
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A new report was released recently by the Pew Research Center around how Indians view gender roles at home and in their society. The report is based on a face-to-face survey of about 29,999 Indian adults which took between late 2019 and early 2020. 

This survey also became the basis for a 2021 report on religion in India. Let us tell you that the survey was conducted by local interviewers in 17 languages all across the country. Let's quickly take you through the key highlights of the report. 

'Wife Must Obey Her Husband'

Survey Result - 87% Indians Agree

As per the study, 9 in 10 Indians or 87% of Indians completely or mostly agree that a wife must obey her husband. As per the survey, 64% of Indians completely agree with the notion. 

Further, the report said, “Women are only modestly less likely than men to say that wives should obey their husbands in all situations, and most Indian women express total agreement with this sentiment (61 percent vs 67 percent among men).”

'Comfort With Women In Politics'

Survey Result - Most Indians Agree

As per the survey results, most Indian adults are comfortable with women in politics. In the survey, women leaders like former prime minister Indira Gandhi, former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha, former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj were referred to. According to the report, Indians believe that women make equally good political leaders or than women make better leaders than men. Only a quarter of Indian adults felt that men make better political leaders than women. 

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'Men And Women Should Share Family Responsibilities' 

Survey Result - Mostly Agree

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The report next highlighted that most Indians believe that men and women should share family responsibilities. However, some Indians supported traditional gender roles. Muslims in the country are more likely to support the Indian traditional gender roles while Sikhs are least likely to hold on such views when it comes to family responsibilities. 

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'Both Son And Daughter Responsible For Parents' Last Rites' 

Survey Result - 37% Indians Agree

When it comes to the last rites, burial rites of their parents, most Indians believe that sons should be primarily responsible for it. In numbers, 63 percent of Indians agree. On the other hand, Sikhs (29%), Christians (44%) and Buddhists (46%) most likely think that both sons and daughters should be responsible for their parents' last rites. 

'Family Should Have At Least One Son'

Survey Result - 94% Indians Agree

According to the report, the majority of Indians agree that their family should have at least one son, and 90% believe that they should have at least a daughter. 

'Women Should Have Same Rights As Men'

Survey Result - 8 In 10 Indians Agree

The report said, “Indian adults nearly universally say it is important for women to have the same rights as men, including eight in ten who say this is very important. At the same time, however, there are circumstances when Indians feel men should receive preferential treatment.”

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