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Kavita Devi Discusses Dealing With Patriarchy and Old-World Ideologies With Her Husband and In-Laws

Posted By Caroline Walsh on 01/06/18


The Hindustan Times recently interviewed Kavita Devi, the first Indian woman to be signed by the WWE. Below are some highlights.

Devi on dealing with old-world patriarchy and ideology and how her husband gets angry that she has more success than him: “I faced a lot of problems to be where I am today. My husband continues to live by old male-dominating ideology. Even today, he can’t digest if I am getting more respect and success than him. He gets angry at me for getting more response from public. I tell him that my success is not just my own, but of our entire family. My in-laws expect me to do household chores—jhadoo pocha bartan.”

Kavita Devi on how her parents supported her dreams: “My parents supported me in my journey and did not listen to people. They took loans to fund my training. Now, I will work hard to fulfill all their wishes,” she said.

Kavita Devi on how poor she was when she was training: “When I was training and living in a hostel, I once did not get monthly pocket money from my family. I was in need of money but too shy to ask anyone. So I borrowed Rs 15 kept below an idol in a temple, promising I would keep it back once I have it,” she said.