We all have either experienced or seen it, you know when the darling son gets away with almost anything while the daughter is punished for even the smallest mistake. The goal of a majority of Indian parents is that their daughter must become the epitome of a perfect daughter-in-law, their sons, however, far from it, however, the latter still continues to be the darling of the family.
Indian women love their sons and love to pamper and feed them
It is not news to anyone when studies reveal time and again that Indian men do the least amount of housework in the world, about 19 minutes on average. Somewhere in all this talk about misogyny and patriarchy, Indian mothers lie at the center of it all when they send their daughter to serve guests while letting their son socialize with them. They allow their sons to waltz in at any time of night but have a curfew of 6 pm for their daughters. Meanwhile, they glorify their sons if they are seen washing a teacup or a spoon, but a daughter who does all the dishes after dinner is ignored because it is part of her training as a girl. Moreover, Bollywood too has promoted this ‘Raja Beta Syndrome’ AKA the darling son who can do no wrong. We all know one thing, Indian women love their sons and love to pamper and feed them until they are bursting at the seams, literally speaking, like the 1994 film ‘Raja Babu’.
Indian mothers are guilty of training their sons towards gender inequality
Daughters will get married and leave their mothers, however, sons will always be at home with their mothers whether they get married or not. Also, even in 2019, Indian soaps continue to propagate the stereotypical mother-in-law who has to teach her daughter-in-law how to treat her darling son; all hell breaks loose if the son is even seen in the kitchen, let alone wash his own dinner plate, gasp. Therefore, Indian mothers are guilty of training their sons to everything that is contrary to gender equality and being a gender ally. The truth is that Indian women hold a majority of the responsibility of raising their children and until they raise their sons correctly, this ‘Raja Beta Syndrome’ will only grow and fester even further.
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