This qualitative study focuses on the challenges faced by the upper-caste Brahmin women in rural areas of the district of Katihar, Bihar, India by focusing on their education, cultural values, and choosing the means of livelihood in the milieu of newly transformed rural areas in Bihar. A drastically decreasing educational quality in terms of skill and morality combined with the message of education translated as knowing the rights to maintain equity and equality have excluded the upper-caste women from the benefits of government policies. There is a paucity of research that could reflect the suppressed voice of insecurity and psychological dependency of these women, who like other communities are an integral part of the harmonious rural transformation in India. Based on Grounded Theory, this study was conducted on 20 upper-caste women (age 24 to 44) through semi-structured interviews. The analysis of the qualitative data reveals the agents of hindrances that keep this group of rural India economically handicapped and thus as a dependent but “commodity of honor” among their relatives or as a liberated but a “commodity of sex” for the others.
Chandrakar, Chandu. 2014. "Why “Ritiya” Could Not Go To Sell Vegetables? Myth Versus Reality In Terms Of Caste, Culture And Livelihood." Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 29(2): Article 3. Available at: https://egrove.olemiss.edu/jrss/vol29/iss2/3