Recently, we heard how thousands of female students were banned from entering the Maulana Azad LIbrary citing their ability-in the words of the Vice chancellor- to "attract a lot of young men". News of revolt by Saudi Arabian women for their rights to drive keep reaching us everyday. There are several other bans which are imposed on women in different sections of the society which we might find weird sitting in our armchairs. Some of them are archaic but have not been done away with because of the efforts on the part of the Congress that it would take in the US. As a result, women end up paying the price for it. On the other hand, some of them are new bans imposed by extremist governments or village panchayats. Let's take a look at some of them:
We know women in Saudi Arabia can not vote (as of now), but they can not even buy a barbie! A barbie doll is seen to stand for luxurious excess and physical beauty. Fulla dolls were introduced which were seen as more acceptable for girls.
Not unless their husband gives them written permission allowing them to do so.