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Daughters have no right in the inheritance and do not claim any share.

The status of women is secondary to the men in Yadav society, though they do have important roles in the religious and ritual spheres.

The Yadav do not marry outside their community but do so at the clan or lineage level and occasionally at the village level.

In Uttar Pradesh, they claim to have no subgroups, hierarchy or differentiation, but in Bihar their subgroups are Kannaujiya, Kisnaut, Dandhor, Majhrot and Bhurihar.

Among this community, marriages are arranged by parents and elders.

Monogamy is the common practice, but in exceptional circumstances a second wife is allowed, for instance, if the first wife is barren.

Sindur (vermilion mark), glass bangles, bindi (coloured dot on forehead), toe-rings, earrings and a nose-stud are the symbols of matrimony for women.

The Yadav have emerged as a dynamic community in politics and administration and are quite prominent in state and, even, national level politics.

Two of India’s very well known politicians, Laloo Prasad Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav, are from this community.

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As they mixed with local cattle-breeders, they gradually settled down, becoming peasants and continued farming and animal husbandry.