Image of Rural Woman in the Feudo-Patriarchal Society: A Study of Dalip Kaur Tiwanaâ€™s A Journey on Bare Feet
Patriarchy in simple terms is a system governed by the principle of domination and subordination. A woman is dominated, oppressed and exploited by man in the patriarchal society. From the time immemorial, women have been regarded as subservient to men. Traditionally Indian culture is male-dominated and thus does not allow woman any room for autonomous existence. Indian society has been imposed ultimate control on woman. The Indian woman has been groomed to remain passive, submissive, subordinate and docile during her life time. She is the victim of all types of exploitations- physical, psychological, mental and emotional and has been taught to keep intact with the ideas of womanhood even under extreme oppressive conditions. Thus , this study seeks to examine and investigate the image of rural woman who are the victims of orthodoxy, poverty, taboos, superstitions, dowry system, polygamy, jagirdari system, unhappy marriage, caste, class and gender with the special reference to Dalip Kaur Tiwanaâ€™s autobiography A Journey on Bare Feet translated into English from the original Punjabi text Nange Pairan da Safar by Jai Ratan.