Madam one more thing. You have mentioned that your child studied at Tiruchirapalli, This also happens to be my home town, where I had lived for a good part of my life. Perhaps, if you had seen around, there are still hundreds of girls, who would happily be dressed only in half saris. It is more of a culture here, possibly because Tiruchirapalli has a big agricultural base and except for BHEL, there is nothing worth calling industry in that city.
However, this also co-exists with the other types of dresses. For example, you can even see a growing number wearing jeans. This happens naturally. No one is really bothered.
Go over to Coimbatore city. You are very unlikely to see the half sari at all. It is an ultra modern city. It is becoming cosmopolitan too. It is a lovely city, far more advanced than Tiruchirapalli and has a huge industrial culture. It does not even have many Brahmin families. Yet, there are hundreds who belong to other communities. The girls are all educated. Hundreds of thousands come to educate themselves from Kerala too. For your information, at least one hundred and fifty arts and science colleges would be there in and around Coimbatore.
In fact, I had even talked about about the social reform brought about through reservation in Tamil Nadu, by the DMK Government and Dr Kalignar Karunanidhi, today, in another thread. At least two members have expressed a different opinion. I would of course stick to mine. I know for a fact that the social reform of reservation has actually helped hundreds of thousands of backward and the so-called backward students to study. To even study post graduate courses and go abroad. All this has happened only due to social reform.
Yes, culture is never static. When it changes, we need to embrace the change too. However, I do not have any right to say that some aspect of culture itself is wrong. I can appreciate my culture and will continue to do so. Men or women, everything is the same. In fact, the women outdo the men in every competitive examination at all levels in Tamil Nadu. There is no gender bias at all. That is my opinion.