Family is very important in the
Indian culture. In the family girls aren’t treated as fairly as boys. If a woman
has many sons they have a high status. At a young age girls learn to care for
family and their house. Little girls often watch their little brother and
sisters while their mothers work. In an Indian house the mother does most
of the work. First they wake up really early, and then they bathe and offer
bread to the gods of her house. After she prays for her house than cleans the
house, and paints a pattern with rice flour at the door to protect her house.
After that she will probably cook breakfast for her family and would walk to
work. When she gets home, she has to carry water and prepares the evening
meal. The woman always eats after her family. It is common for the family to
live with the 3 generations, the grandparents, parents, and the kids.
Most children start school at the age of 7 but most of the time
their at work instead of school. School starts at 8 o’clock and ends at 3
o’clock except for young children who go home at lunchtime. The classes are very
large and are crowed at the desks. In the rural areas, not a lot of girls go to
school because they’re usually home doing housework or looking after their
younger brothers and sisters. If a family only has money for one child to go to
school the boy gets first chance. In India the law is that girls must be
educated but the law is usually not obeyed. Out of girls aged 5-9 30.2% of girls
go to school and out of girls aged 10-14 44.6% go to school. The literacy rate
for girls in India is less than 30%.