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Monday, 11 July 2011

Place for Women in the Indian Society...

“May you be the mother of a hundred sons” I’m sure we’ve all heard these words umpteen times in Hindu weddings. In most Indian families, sons are idolized and celebrated while a daughter is viewed as a liability, and she is conditioned to believe that she is inferior and subordinate to men. By law women and men have equal rights. Practically it looks different though.

“You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women”, how rightly Nehruji had quoted. But what is the condition of our nation when we consider women of our country? Of course the immediate thought that comes to our mind is ‘Indira Gandhi’, ‘Kalpana Chawla’, ‘Sunita Williams’ and many more names of such leading ladies who have touched the clouds of success.

I, living in Mumbai, the city that worships modern values, rationalism and equality, have received abundant rights that every female citizen of our nation ought to get. I’ve got loving parents who want to educate me till knowledge permits, who want me to be a successful human being and who don’t care whether I am a girl.

“But that’s not extraordinary! Everyone’s parents love their children dearly.” Alas! I would have said this if I had not read pages full of text which stated about the gender inequality that prevails in India...

…if I wouldn’t have known that in India there are women who couldn’t make their own identity since birth and were forced to feel that they were nothing but a burden for their parents, their husbands and their sons, that there are women whose life was nothing but an excruciating journey. Women in rural areas and also in some urban ones are ill treated by orthodox people who dwell in India.

"In childhood a female must be subject to her father, in youth to her husband, when her lord is dead to her sons; a woman must never be independent." for years this has been the fate of women in India.

In rural areas, the negligence shown to girls and women by their husbands and by elders is the reason for the miserable health of the female populace in our country. Women are not only abandoned but also mistreated. Indian News channels these days are awash with news regarding ‘assault-cases’ and ‘dowry-related murder-cases’ where women are greatly suffering. In the sinister areas of India where male-dominance reigns, women are not given any right to choose their spouse.

Spouse reminds me…If you are wondering as to why about 30 million men won’t be able to find a wife in the near future, let me inform you that it is due to female infanticide. Very often families prefer boys to girls. They think sons are like a sort of insurance that they can bank upon for their future financial security and for continuing the family line. How Pathetic!! What kind of parents these selfish people might be!

In rural areas girls are deprived from education and are overworked. Their childhood either passes in taking care of their siblings or in house-hold work. But people forget that one day these girls become women and later become mothers. Due to illiteracy, women who are responsible for all the house-hold work in villages, remain unaware of personal hygiene. Thus we see more epidemics and diseases in rural areas (and mind you diseases don’t check whether you’re a girl or a boy!).

In spite of all this, the condition of women in the Indian society isn’t that bad. Today women in India walk shoulder to shoulder with men. Women definitely have more grasping power and tolerance than men and are thus progressing rapidly. Today, Indian women have reached the sky and won over many races. The modern Indian woman is the lady who has self-respect and sense of freedom. We women are the pillars of the Indian society. Remember if women in India progress, mother India will progress. Vande Matram!