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Islam in India

relatives and female relatives on the father's side become eligible for marriage is simply because the 'Gothras' are different. And even among the other, castes, cross-cousin marriages take place when the economic status of the parties are equal. She also notes that the birth of a girl-child is a matter of happiness in Tamil Nadu for the girl is 'Lakshmi' If this were so there are two Tamil proverbs that deny that. One says that 'if a boy is born it is precious and if a girl is born it is like a buffalo's birth'. Another says that 'with five daughters even, a king can become a mendicant' The only place where a girl's birth is welcome is in the traditional Deva- dasi's house.

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