Monday, 6 July 2015

WOMEN IN MODERN INDIA

“FRAILTY, THY NAME IS WOMAN”
THE WORLD TODAY, HAVE REALIZED THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WOMEN AND HAVE UNDERSTOOD THAT WOMEN ARE ALSO A PART OF HUMAN BEINGS. WOMEN CAN ALSO BE EFFICIENT AND VALUABLE HUMAN RESOURCE AND THEY HAVE PROVED IT FROM TIME TO TIME. AND SO, THE WORLD HAS DESIGNATED 8TH MARCH AS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY.
IN INDIA, WOMEN HAD FACED LOT OF ATROCITIES. AND IT’S EVIDENT FROM THE INDIAN HISTORY. FROM SATI DAHA PRATHA TO PURDHA CUSTOM, FROM CHILD MARRIAGE TO INACCESSIBILITY OF EDUCATION TO GIRL CHILD. THOUGH, THERE WERE CERTAIN REVOLUTIONARY WOMEN WHO DARED TO STAMP THERE FEET AND SAY, THAT, THEY ALSO HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD WITH EQUAL DIGNITY AS THAT OF MEN. DURING THE BRITISH RULE THERE HAS BEEN CERTAIN CHANGES MADE IN THE STATUS OF WOMEN, IN THE INDIAN COMMUNITY. LAWS WERE AMENDED, LAWS WHICH PROHIBITED WOMEN FROM ENJOYING EQUAL RIGHTS AS THAT OF MEN, WERE REMOVED. SATI DAHA PRATHA WAS ABOLISHED, GIRL CHILD EDUCATION WAS STARTED, WIDOW REMARRIAGE BECAME LAWFUL AND BEHIND THIS THE CONTRIBUTION OF RAJA RAM MOHAN ROY, VIDYASAGAR CAN’T BE DENIED,
TODAY, AFTER 65 YEARS OF REPUBLIC WHEN WE CELEBRATE THE 66TH REPUBLIC DAY, IT’S A MATTER OF DISGRACE THAT OUR WOMEN COUNTERPART DOESN’T FEEL FREE IN A COUNTRY LIKE INDIA. THEY NEED TO THINK TWICE BEFORE GOING OUT OF HOUSE AT NIGHT, TRAVELING ALONE IN A PUBLIC BUS, STAYING ALONE IN HOUSE, ALLOWING GUEST TO ENTER WHEN SHE IS ALONE IN HOUSE, AND SHE NEEDS TO BE CAUTIOUS BEFORE TAKING EACH AND EVERY STEP IN THIS TYPE OF SOCIETY. IS IT THE FAULT OF OUR LEGAL SYSTEM OR THE EDUCATION WE RECEIVE? IT’S REALLY A MATTER OF REGRET, THAT OUR MANNERS HAVE GIVEN RISE TO THIS TYPE OF QUESTIONS IN OUR MIND .BEING STAYING IN A CIVILIZED SOCIETY WE FEEL SHAME TO TALK ABOUT ‘SEX’ BUT, DON’T WITHDRAW OUR SELF FROM WATCHING A SEXUALLY EXPLICIT MOVIE WITH OUR FRIENDS. IT’S A HIGH TIME TO REALIZE THAT SEX IS NOT A STIGMA BUT, IGNORANCE IS. ACCORDING TO ME, MOST OF THE CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN ARE ARISING DUE TO SOCIO-PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS AMONG PEOPLE IN THE SOCIETY. THE MORE YOU ARE IGNORANT OF OTHER SEX, GENDER, THE MORE YOU ARE MAKING THE OTHER SEX VULNERABLE. THOUGH, TODAY PARENTS ADMIT THEIR CHILDREN IN CO-ED SCHOOLS, IT DOESN’T MAKE THE MIND MATURE ENOUGH TO JUDGE AND UNDERSTAND, WHAT SHOULD BE THE UNIVERSAL RELATION BETWEEN THE OPPOSITE SEXES.
TODAY, WOMEN ARE MUCH MORE AWARE ABOUT THE LAWS OF EQUALITY AND THEY DARE TO CHOOSE ANY PROFESSION AND DARE TO DEFY THE GENERAL BACKDATED NORMS OF SOCIETY. AND SO WE GET TO SEE OUR FIRST WOMEN IPS – KIRAN BEDI, FIRST WOMEN TO LEAD FIRST INTER-SERVICE GUARD OF HONOUR- PUJA THAKUR, WOMEN SPORTS PERSON LIKE MARY KOM, SARITA DEVI AND WE ALSO HAVE WOMEN AS CHIEF MINISTER, UNION CABINET MINISTER, JUDGE, ADVOCATES, DOCTORS, IAS, IFS, AMBASSADORS ETC. TODAY, MOST OF THE WOMEN IN CITIES, APART FROM DOING TRADITIONAL HOUSEHOLD WORKS, THEY WORK OUTSIDE AS A SELF-EMPLOYED. ALONG WITH THIS, THERE ARE WOMEN WHO ARE AUTHORIZED ONLY TO WORK IN KITCHEN OR HOME, TO VEIL THEIR FACE ALMOST ALL THE TIME, CONSIDERED AS ONLY A HOUSE CARETAKER BUT, NOT A NATION BUILDER. WE CAN SEE THIS TYPE OF NEGATIVE SCENARIOS IN THE PLACES WHERE EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT LEVEL ARE NOT SO HIGH AND WOMEN ARE UNEDUCATED OR HALF-EDUCATED (SIMPLE GRADUATE). THIS TYPE OF WOMEN IS OFTEN BOUND TO WORK WHEN THEY FACE EXTREME FINANCIAL INSTABILITY. AND THEN THEY HAVE TO WORK AS A DAILY WAGE LABOUR OR PHYSICAL WORK, PERHAPS, BECAUSE OF BEING UNEDUCATED OR HALF EDUCATED OR LACK OF EMPLOYMENT. IT IS VIVIDLY EVIDENT IN RURAL INDIA AND SOME IN URBAN. ALONG WITH All THIS, CRIMES LIKE EVE TEASING, DOWRY, ACID ATTACK, AND RAPE ARE STRONGLY EVIDENT.
TO IMPROVE THE MAJOR CHALLENGES FACED BY WOMEN OF INDIA, TODAY, THERE SHOULD BE A VIBRANT ECONOMY WITH WOMEN CO-OPERATIVE SECTORS IN RURAL AS WELL AS IN URBAN SOCIETIES. ‘A+’ GRADE EDUCATION SHOULD BE PROVIDED SO THAT WOMEN GET EDUCATION EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY AND THE CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN CAN BE REDUCED. I PERSONALLY BELIEVE THAT SEX EDUCATION CAN HELP TO DWINDLE CRIME, BUT PRIOR TO THAT, TEACHERS SHOULD BE GIVEN SPECIAL TRAINING, HOW TO TEACH THE SUBJECT MATTER OF “SEX EDUCATION’, OR ELSE IT WOULD HAVE A CATASTROPHIC RESULT. ESPECIALLY AWARENESS CAMPS , AND COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE OF ALL WOMEN IN THAT, CAN HELP TO DEVELOP THE ZEAL OF BECOMING EDUCATED AND TO GET RID OF THE ATROCITIES, ONE THING SHOULD BE KEPT IN MIND, THAT THE MORE YOU GET SPECIAL TREATMENT, RESERVATIONS, THE MORE YOU PROVE HOW WEAK YOU ARE, AND THAT WEAKNESS CAN MAKE YOU VULNERABLE. RESERVATION CAN NEVER BE A PERMANENT SOLUTION.
‘THE WORLD WILL CHANGE WITH TIME, BUT, THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WOMEN WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED, GENERATION AFTER GENERATION’

~ Arghya Samaddar
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