Educated, independent women start to wear sindoor, mangalsutra when they get married. Big thick red sindoor even with western clothes. No compulsion or subtle expectations to wear these from husband, in-laws, society or parents. They follow Karvachauth or Varalakshmi pooja type rituals by their own choice. Is this their choice or regressive? What about social responsibility? What about being the agents of change for the less fortunate? When educated independent women willingly adopt these patriarchy symbols, then a woman in a traditional household who does not like these customs gets told: "Look, that modern woman follows it, why can't you?" .