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The birth of a baby girl there is a welcomed celebration, a stark contrast to other parts of the country where baby girls are viewed as an economic burden.

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Audrey Cheng, a recent visitor to the village, told BuzzFeed News that "the society seemed to breed more equality in power and respect among both genders."

"Women in the Khasi tribe have more prominent roles in society," she said. "And from our conversations, they feel little fear of rape and other sexual assaults that haunt the rest of India."

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Although the village is a matrilineal society, genders still conform to "typical" jobs: Men work in the fields, while women stay at home and carry out domestic work.

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However, the village has attracted the attention of men's rights group Syngkhong Rympei Thymmai (SRT). SRT claims that the matriarchal society has led to high male mortality rates and heavy drinking among the Khasi male youth.

Klueppel's full series on Malynnong can be found here.

Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Rachael Krishna at rachael.krishna@buzzfeed.com.

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