I am not exactly talking about GoI here. But in a more familiar scenario.
In India, bridegroom’s parents (especially mother) have more power. And our culture nurtures it. There is no balance of terror. For example, bride is afraid of mother-in-law and not the other way round. Though it looks like a female-female issue, it is actually a male-female issue. Wife is afraid of husband (and hence her in-laws).
In the disguise of protecting female at home, male is secretly dominating her.