Hindu Culture: The privilege of being a man
India is a country full of customs and traditions, many of them given by religion. In addition, being such a large country and where so many people live, some of the customs change from one area to another. Across India, social norms and practices are governed primarily by patriarchal ideologies that define the roles of men and women. This is something that is perceived from childhood, since education and even food are prioritized in the case of men. In addition, since they were young, men and women live separately, so there is little interaction between both sexes. In this way, the ties of friendship between men intensify and this lack of relationship between the sexes means that, often, their first sexual experience is with their friends.
In Hinduism, a man is both the leader of the family and defined by his family. Thus, a perfect man is believed to consist of three people united: his wife, himself, and his offspring. In fact, the Sanskrit term for the term husband means owners.
Hindu men have traditionally had a reputation for ruling their homes as tyrants. When a young man marries, it is normal for him to bring his wife home to live with her parents. The young husband is surrounded by well-known relatives and neighbors. While the young wife, however, usually finds herself in a strange home, where she is expected to follow ideal patterns of chaste and obedient behavior. As the head of the family, in the four Hindu stages of life, a man is expected to pursue the so-called "Three Goals": religious merit, wealth and pleasure. These objectives are often mentioned in Hindu law books, with special emphasis on the first of them and the second taking precedence over the third.
In this country, hierarchy is very important, so that not only do men prevail over women, but older people do so over younger women. Even a grown man who lives in his father's house recognizes his authority in matters, both small and very important. Regarding family resources, particularly land or businesses, they have traditionally been controlled by family men, especially in high-status groups. Typically, according to traditional Hindu law schools, women did not inherit land or buildings and were therefore indebted to their male relatives who controlled these vital resources.