Perhaps status of women in Hindu society was the lowest during medieval period. Due to social and political condition child marriage became quite common. In fact in many cases it became fashion of the day. Widow re-marriage was completely banned. Women now were not educated. These were considered as inferior creatures to remain at the beck and call of men.
It was expected of male members of the family to protect them. Before marriage she was supposed to remain under the care of her father, after marriage that of her husband and during widowhood that of her children.
A woman was supposed to serve her husband and that was her foremost duty. It was during this period that Sati system came to stay in our society. A woman was considered very faithful who burn herself alive along with the pyre of her husband. During this period she had no choice in the selection of her life partner.