in purdah

in purdah

Secluded from view or from integration with others. Used especially in relation to traditional Hindu and Muslim beliefs that women should be separated from men. For many women in purdah in the small village, matters beyond the home and family were considered taboo.

in purdah

in seclusion.
Purdah comes from the curtain (parda ) used in traditional Hindu and Muslim households, especially in the Indian subcontinent, to conceal women from the eyes of strangers. The transferred use of this expression to refer to seclusion generally dates from the 1920s.
1998 Times Treasury ministers are, of course, in purdah.
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Every time I have interacted with her, she has been in purdah.
I will like to reiterate that every time I met her, with family and alone, she has been in purdah.
Decades later, she recalled: "I went to Germany at 18 and I was in purdah till then.
In tribal communities women live in purdah, confined to women's-only quarters at home.
With her knowledge of the language, Doreen Ingrams was able to get to know the women who lived in Purdah.
The regional development agency, which is currently in purdah waiting for the outcome of the General Election, named three new firms on its panel of legal advisers.
Galtee More, who had started at 6-100 before winning the 2,000 Guineas, was trained by Sam Darling, a member of that notable racing family, and ridden by former villain Charles Wood, who had recently been reinstated by the Jockey Club after a spell in purdah.
By the way, while we languish in purdah does this mean that we can stop cutting cheques for the ACC and other international confabs?
But with Barca still in purdah after losing to Celtic in the UEFA Cup, the talk was more of the deepening crisis facing Spain's finest.
Yet, from a eurocentric viewpoint, the emphasis on the silence of women--the necessity for Geeta not to voice her concerns or anxieties to anyone (other than her maid, who is lower down the social hierarchy), for silence before her mother-in-law and any older relatives, and for the taboo on speech at all in front of a male relative (6)--indicates that Indian women in purdah are effectively silenced from within the social system.
This book also contains many more drawings that were not in Purdah.
Now, Madani's village, Karunagapally, is shrouded in purdah, though he is trying desperately to shake off his radical past and be part of the political mainstream by aligning with the Left front in Kerala.
To replace the Taliban, who deny all civil rights and keep women in Purdah, the US and Britain are now going to impose a government based on the forces of the Northern Alliance who deny all civil rights and keep women in Purdah.