While growing up, we’re usually being raised up with the following belief – men are the stronger gender, women are the fair and softer gender. However, it looks like this rule doesn’t apply to the Khasi, who believe in the matrilineal tradition. They inhabit Meghalaya, a state in north-eastern India. The Khasi have shocked the rest of the world with their old matrilineal tradition and the beliefs they carry from their ancestors.
Kaith Pariat, a Khasi man, is currently fighting for equality among men and women, because he’s fed up with his people’s tradition. Khasi men are considered as the weaker gender, while women are believed to be the stronger gender. Men aren’t allowed to be head of the family, children take their mother’s surname and husbands are obliged to live in the house of their mothers-in-law. Furthermore, men have to listen to their mothers-in-law, their wives and their children before following their own guts.
The Syngkhong Rympei Thymai campaign is currently fighting for equality among men and women who have been carrying out the strange matrilineal tradition from time immemorial.