Every civilization evolves certain unique features of its own and though the ages, the Indian society has undergone changes that reflects its accommodating ethos, value -orientation and its composite character in its social mores. Political and social will and reformed laws have worked to prevent notable abuses of the traditional systems, elevated the status of women, raised the age of marriage and gave individuals new rights in the family.
In the upper class, educated and urbanized segment of the vast Indian population, traditional modes of family life are constantly being questioned and toppled. The notion that the marriage is indissoluble has gradually been eroded. Traditions of repression, social ostracism of widows and exploitation have been demolished, and women wishing to remarry do not face the possibility of losing their children. The right of divorce has been introduced in all legal systems in India.
The Indian society is warming up to the husband/wife bond, remarriage and companionate marriage, and the free choice of marriage partner. Today, the position of women in modern India has radically changed to equal men socially, economically, educationally, politically & legally. Empowered with rights to remarry, inherit and own property and participate in public life & political life of the nation, they have struck off the marginalization concept associated with women.
Women and remarriage
The Indian woman's inherent fortitude has its roots in a positive and persevering attitude that is her very own. She seeks honesty, equality and sensitivity in her marriage. Her values are constantly put to test and shine through in all that she does - redefining roles, discovering opportunities for personal growth and evolving as an individual and as a family.
Women face their life-defining moments of truth courageously and make some of the greatest decisions of their life inspired by them, which segues into the area of remarriage if the situation permits. They move on to bigger and better things and can take the road less traveled and resist the beaten path. Their nerves of steel is the grounding factor. They have the conviction and the drive to live life on their own terms.
In their married life, women make an extra effort to balance work life with home demands. Traditionally, women from a long time have felt a deep sense of guilt which has its roots in their conditioning. However, increasingly, most women want to be themselves and when they wish to remarry, they do not want to feel this guilt for setting off on a path where they can achieve a high comfort level and harmony and with the partner of their choice.