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Published on February 27, 2014

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This article has been written for Techkriti Blog for a Cause Contest.
The topic was:
“The hand that rocks the cradle rules the World.” Write about a particular issue concerning the position of women in today’s society.

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Take a step to wipe her tears Rightly said by Eleanor Roosevelt, “A woman is like a teabagyou never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water”. The status of women in India has been subject to change since the ancient days. In the ancient era, women enjoyed equivalent status and rights like their male counterparts. They received proper education, as is evident from the works of

Katyayana and Patanjali. The engravings on the walls of ancient monuments depict that no ritual could be performed without the presence of both husband and wife. In fact, women also had the freedom to select their husbands in the practice of Swayamvar. But the medieval period witnessed deterioration in the position of women in society. Practices like Sati, Purdah, female foeticide and child marriage came into picture. Forcing girls to marry at a tender age marred their overall development as an individual. No doubt there were powerful rulers like Razia Sultana, Nur Jahan, Gond queen Durgavati, but on a general level, women were considered inferior to men. Now coming to 21st of women is no longer untouched. It has employment for all, it has recorded significant decrease in the number of deaths due to Sati practice, it has better health facilities to ensure happier and longer lives to the people, etc. Yes, the age of technology has been a boon, more or less, for everyone but it seems that in a bid to win the rat-race, we have lost on finer things of life. Women continue to form the inferior stratum of society. In many parts of the country, girls are still being deprived of elementary education, still being deprived of the freedom to work outside the house, still being forced to marry in the name

of caste and prestige issues of the family, many are killed by the in-laws for want of dowry and above all- they are still afraid to walk out of the house as and when they like. Yes you got it right! I am talking of the most serious issue about women these days- RAPE CULTURE. There is a sharp hike in the cases of sexual violence against women all over the country. Now the question is why has it gained ground so much? Who cares if a girl feels scared to walk on the streets of the national capital Delhi? Who cares if a rape victim is told to keep shut by her family on account of their so-called prestige? Who cares if she dies a hundred deaths every day due to the taunts made by the society? Why is she considered “impure” for no fault of her? Why her attire does need the society’s approval? Why is she held responsible for provoking the lamest action of eve-teasing, blaming her attire and behaviour? Why is she treated like an inanimate object meant to be whistled Century, we have witnessed drastic changes in every sphere and life upon, touched without permission, violated badly at porn websites, and looked down upon with a glare of vulgarity? The reason is that people don’t want to believe that women are humans too. Yes, they deserve to be able to live freely; they deserve respect, a chance to fly high like a free bird. The root cause lies at the mindset of people. You feed the rape

culture when you ask your daughters to dress properly instead of teaching your sons to behave well. You give it a fire when a girl gets raped on the street and nobody comes to help. You support it by asking the victim to accept it as a part of life and not revolt against it. There is a lack of gender sensitization amongst a large section of people. It’s completely irrational to treat the mother who gives birth to a baby as a mere object of satisfying sexual greed and pleasure. We have enough examples around us, 16 December 2013, the Delhi bus gang rape case- what has it changed? Practically, nothing! Delhi has witnessed 1330 rape cases till Oct in 2013 according to The Hindu. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, 24,206 rape cases were registered in India in 2011. A new case is reported every 20 minutes. Laws have changed but why isn’t the scenario changing? Because deep down the mentality of people hasn’t changed. A woman cannot be herself in the society of the present day, which is an exclusively masculine society, with laws framed by men and with a judicial system that judges feminine conduct from a masculine point of view. Consider Pragaash- a threemember, all girls rock band of Kashmir. Shortly after their win at the Battle of Bands, the group began to receive death and rape threats. The Grand Mufti publicly criticized the band,

stating that they were exhibiting "indecent behaviour" and that "this kind of non-serious activity can become the first step towards our destruction". Why can’t women be free to pursue their dreams? It would take a long time to alleviate it completely but it needs to be started now. Our sons, brothers, fathers must realise that a woman’s dignity is the pride of the nation and they should make all efforts to uphold it. It’s her human right to live peacefully and proudly. The laws need to be stricter to enforce strict punishments on those found guilty of eve-teasing, rape, brutal violence, or any kind of sexual violence and molestation. Being educationally and financially independent is a key step to bring women to a level equal to men. Brigham Young said “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” The term ‘working mothers’ needs to be complemented with ‘working dads’. And this requires sensitizing the population, more importantly the women themselves, to the needs of women and demands made on women. The rigid lines demarcating the perceived roles of a man and a woman in society need to be merged and muted. -Priya Kumari

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