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Sex Ratio, Khaps and Marriage Reform

The move by the Satrol khap of Haryana to relax some restrictive marriage norms and induct women and youth into the khap is perhaps a response to demographic and market economy challenges. Patriarchal structures get challenged when material conditions alter. Besides the skewed sex ratio, a generational transition is also underway. More off-farm work and greater nuclear living detach individuals from traditional structures of support and force them to strike out on their own.

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