The Indian way is subjective and symbolic while the western way is logical, objective, mathematical and conclusive. If a woman sits next to a man’s feet, we automatically deduce something is wrong there and question.
Ram is respected because he is Maryada purushottam (maryada ki raksha karne wala purushon mein uttam …just a higher order of Krishna who is Leela purushottam). Ram never asked Sita for agnipariksha. The kingdom asked
Ravana’s ten heads is a metamorphication of his knowledge of the six shastras and the four Vedas. Namely: Sankhyashastra (Mathematics) Yog Shastra (Yoga as a way of life, meditation) Nyayashastra (Law and administration) Vaisheshik Shastra