are women seen as a commodity?
Women as 'commodity' is clearly expressed in Manudharmasastra,
a religious and social text upheld by the Hindus. Accordingly
women are seen as a weaker sex, cannot make a decision on their
own, and they are dependent beings. As commodity, they must
be taken care of by their parents when young, by their husbands
when married, by their sons when they are old. Such a view of
women is definitely non-Buddhistic. Buddhist teaching provides
space for both men and women to grow spiritually, and they are
equal for their spiritual potentiality to achieve enlightenment.