DR. BIPIN CHANDRA UNIYAL
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR ENGLISH
BAL GANGA DEGREE COLLEGE SENDUL KEMAR
TEHRI GARHWAL, UTTARAKHAND.
Generally laws are made to adjust and supplement to the needs of the society and it is supposed to generate and accelerate ordered social change. India has an ancient civilization and it most ancient system of traditional laws, which has been fluctuating and changing with passage of time. Women had been the victim of traditional laws. The Vedic period was the golden period for girls and women. There was no discrimination between men and women. The Vedic period Women enjoyed an honoured place in society as they had equal opportunity of getting education. No religious work was completed without women. In the Vedic period some women were the authors of some of the samhitas of Rig Veda.There were Braham Vadinis in Vedic period who dedicated their whole life to education. They had the freedom to live single, and to choose their life partners. But with the passage of time, condition of women began to change. They lost the privileges of education, honour and equality in society. They were considered as mere possessions or property. Muslim conquest in India brought the big change in Indian society specially in the condition of women. Traditions like sati (widow is immolated alive on her husband´s funeral pyre ), Jauhar ( voluntary immolation by women of defeated king in order to avoid capture and molestation by the enemy ) purdah ( women cover their faces and form from males ) devadasis ( women were married to a diety or temple) were in practice in medieval India.But centuries of tradition have made the Indian woman the most patient woman in the world, whose pride is suffering.
Key Words: Law, discrimination, honour, property, society, devdasis.