Hypocrisy it is, that we pray and fast for nine days twice an year during Navratras, in front of a female goddess yet continue to be our violent best with the women in our lives.
Hinduism as a religion and as a way of life has many progressive rituals which provide for a position of respect and equality for women. Every other important god of wealth, power and wisdom is a woman. Even the creator and destroyer of the universe is half woman, half man. Most of the festivals are centered around women where men on their own can’t do anything. Despite such space given to females, we are hypocrites because we pretend to be religious but suppress women under all pretexts including religious.