|Lakshadweep is one of the few places where the matriarchal system still survives. It is where; the husband visits his wife only in the night. And what is remarkable is that it survives despite the fact that all the people are Muslims.
Residence and breakfast to the husband does not come free. At the time of the wedding, a fairly steep bride price has to be paid, followed by an annual payment in terms of bags of grain or cash.
This system highlights the unique position that women enjoy in island life. The presence of women is everywhere; in fields, on roads, in offices and in mosques. Men are only seen in few numbers, because most of them are away fishing out in the open sea.