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Activists dub Karva Chauth as an instrument of cultural repression of women
Karva Chauth fast was observed by married Hindu women in North India from sunrise to moon-rise for the well being, safety and longevity of their husbands yesterday. The festival is celebrated on the fourth day after the full moon in month of Kartik and this year it fell on October 30.

However many social activists and women's rights advocates are against the festival since they find the festival full of gender bias, anti-woman and sexist to a great extent. It is seen as a symbol of women's subjugation and their cultural repression by the patriarchal society.

The noted Indian feminists, Madhu Kishwar once had called Karva Chauth as "Khomeinivad" that culturally sees position of wives subservience to their husbands.

Some liberated writers have criticized the festival in their works as an insidious ploy of patriarchy for social control over women and now the market forces have joined them by commercializing it.

Mehar Kalra, while raising questions on the futility of the festival raises pertinent questions in one of her write-ups says, "Today we talk of gender equality and women empowerment, so then why don't our traditions change or grow with time? Why should a woman be constrained by the shackles of such practices?"

A blogger writes at and provokes by saying "But seriously, women must stop celebrating misogynistic, masochistic, sexist, repressive, stupid patriarchal bullshit called Karva Chauth. And men must stop treating themselves as masters; they must treat women as equal human beings."

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