Another Women’s day has come and gone. Newspapers carried out large advertisements of government and political parties congratulating Indian women on their day and making tall claims about their upliftment and welfare. It is ironical that news stories of atrocities of women were relegated to inconspicous corners. Electronic media presented her only as a fashion frenzy pussy cat.
India has been an independent nation for more than 70 years . Each citizen of this country is entitled to their fundamental rights. That is what the Indian constitution says . Can we really say that Indian women are enjoying equal right ? equal opportunities ? and equal freedom ?
A big NO!
Inspite of all the political shouting about women’s rights and equal opportunities for women , gender discrimination is still very much a pipe dream for most Indian women. Girls are the one who suffer everytime. I don’t understand, why do their own families give their daughter a raw deal and their son a good one ? What do they do ? They are either silent spectators or active participants in this injustice.
Society still views women in traditional roles of a docile homemaker whose highest aspirations in life should be to land a good husband and be a perfect wife. Is this is what we women are for ? To make good food for your husband , wash his clothes, clean his house , stand quiet when he scolds, and at the end sleep with him. That’s it. Women are the one responsible for a child’s success, the ones who stay awake all night to help the child in studies but at the end what we get is a certifacte with father’s name embibed on it.
No doubt, Indian women has come a long way since the days of Raja Ram Mohan Roy. She is enjoying more freedom , more education and more opportunities of growth. Yet all that is not enough.
A lot more needs to be done before she can be truly emancipated. She continues to be plagued with hordes of problems – gender bias, physical abuse, torture, illiteracy, poverty, economic dependence on men and what not. Political parties and policies are not pro active in ensuring women’s safety and interests. The male dominated public at large is a mute witness even as sensation hunting media is churning out stories on woman’s sufferings.
When will all this end ? When will Indian women be able to hold their head high and lead a life of dignity ?