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International Journal of History

2020, Vol. 2, Issue 1, Part B

Pandita Ramabai: Re-modelling the high-caste Hindu woman in the 19th century


Author(s): Dr. Amita Esther David

Abstract: India has been home to many traditions and cultures. Some traditions did not favor the Indian woman and left her weak and helpless, for example, the practice of Sati and child marriage. The Indian women were always shielded by their fathers and husbands form exposure to society and were expected to stay indoors, procreate and take care of the family and its needs. However, with the advent of British rule and the coming of missionaries, both men and women were exposed to western thought. The Christian missionaries were among the first to point out against sati and child marriage. As the thinking evolved some social reformers like Pandit Ishwar Chand Vidyasagar, Raja Rammohun Roy Justice Ranade and others, spoke out against these practices. There were a few pioneering and brave Indian women, who fought fearlessly against some of the social evils that prevailed in society during the 19th century. This paper attempts to elucidate the life and works of one such social reformer, Pandita Ramabai. She was an emancipated and educated Brahmin lady, who accepted Christianity and stood against all odds to defend her rights and broke down social barriers that engulfed Indian society during the 19th century.

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How to cite this article:
Dr. Amita Esther David. Pandita Ramabai: Re-modelling the high-caste Hindu woman in the 19th century. Int J Hist 2020;2(1):68-70.
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