Whilst I have fortunately not come across anyone who has demonstrated these behaviours, it does seem to indicate that there are some deep seated issues in Indian culture where many men are treating women with little respect.
One commentator in the article argues that the separation of males and females contributes to sexual violence, as women are viewed only as sexual objects.
Whilst I am not looking for a long-term relationship per se, I do enjoy the company of men (platonic and romantic) and it would be nice to make some friends in my new homeland.
As I am traveling, I most often come across the average man on the street, like the stall owner or rickshaw driver.
This article in The Times of India discusses a survey conducted on Gender Equality around the world, a survey that placed India last on the list.
According to the article more than 65% of Indian men believed that women should tolerate violence to keep the family together and that women sometimes deserved to be beaten, furthermore 24% admitted to having committed sexual violence in their lives.
These behaviours appear to be generally accepted in Indian culture, no one bats an eyelid going about their day.
My simplistic explanation on why this behaviour is tolerated comes down to the arranged marriage.
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