ride for their son expressed their perception about such independent women in these words, “A girl who ‘roams about’ the city by herself is not the girl for our family” (Nanda 429). In order for the married couple to live a prosperous life, it is considered imperative that the bride is below the groom in a variety of matters that include but are not limited to height, education, and professional status. Although the people of India are generally very optimistic about getting their daughters educated especially in the contemporary age, yet when it comes to marriage, too much education is a demerit rather than a merit because the boys on average themselves are not very highly educated. The Indian society has established family as the first and the foremost priority for women and everything else including profession falls secondary to it. Girls are expected to have their marriage arranged by their parents rather than searching for their husbands themselves. Girls are expected to be obedient to their parents and place confidence in them while they search for their daughters’ grooms. Girls are considered too inexperienced and mentally immature to find out their life-partners themselves. Women in India are expected to fall in love after their marriage and only with their husbands. Love and especially affair before marriage is considered highly objectionable. When women get married, they are expected to take care of the whole family of the groom in addition to the groom. This can be attributed to the fact that a vast majority of Indians dwell in the joint family system in which a bride has to interact and deal with the family of the groom regularly. Therefore, she is expected to serve the groom’s parents as well as his married and unmarried siblings. The daughters-in-law are expected to adapt to the culture of the groom’s family and adopt the values, norms, trends and traditions of the groom’s family.
Families in ancient China expected their daughters to