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Is there gender equality in sikh/punjabi families?

The straight answer is no. Many families have patriarchal set ups; however matriarchal set ups are not unknown either. Girls are considered a possible liability in terms of dishonor to the family via sexual activity by some families. Given the emerging cases of rampant sexual abuse of Sikh girls there is arguably some merit towards a protective stance towards vulnerable females for their own protection.

All that being said, many Sikh girls (in my opinion) are generally given a LOT more freedom than other asian counterparts. I mean a Panjabi Sikh girl 'out on the town' is not an unusual sight in London. On the flip side some backward-arse families are highly controlling of girls and interestingly, the root cause of this is often an old matriarch.

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