Indian women deserve far more than what the society is offering them. While on one hand we feel proud to have women like Kiran Bedi and Mother Teresa; the everyday instances of molestation, eve-teasing, and rapes call for urgent attention. We respect our mothers, sisters, and wives; however when it comes to respecting the sisters of others, we are somewhat biased. And then we say ‘the society is not safe’. Aren’t we the part of same society? Concerns are many and I believe every one of us knows the answers. Then why isn’t our cities and villages secure for women? A lot was expected after the ‘Nirbhaya’ instance; however nothing changed.
From birth till death, a woman plays numerous roles. And, at every such stage the surrounds are distinct. I will talk about how the life of a woman can be rendered dignity and resourcefulness. Four pillars that can adhere to this duty are parents, teachers, government, and the society at large. The men-led society of India undertakes the illicit task of discrimination right from the birth, and many a times even before that. Female child is often looked as a debt and is not allowed to live. And when they live, girls are provided with lesser perquisites as compared to boys. Hence, the change has to take place at the very first stage- Parents.
Next is the role of teachers. When properly educated, it is a known fact that any woman can supersede men. Hence, appropriate education facilities, along with aptly equipped education centers are the need of the hour. Post this is the crucial role of the government in ensuring that women are not discriminated in terms of work prospects. Inclusion of a woman director in the Board of companies is a brave step towards this. However, government’s accountability doesn’t end here. Security at workplace and at home, and even at roads and in buses/ trains, stringent legislation, and quicker judiciary process will add to the justice to women.
The most crucial pillar is the society. It now doesn’t even shock anyone when the new channels are flooded with rape instances and acid attacks- Have we accepted this? The recent back to back molestation in U.P. and the laid back attitude of the state government and the police system reflected how unaffected are we. Acceptance is not the solution; rather reforms and tough measures are needed sooner than later. Those involved in molestation shall not be given even a single opportunity to escape. Much is expected from the state and the union government who have been entrusted with the task of securing secured and honorable life for all.
What has been happening in the U.P. and other parts of the nation is disgraceful and needs to be stopped anyhow. Even women have to understand their responsibilities and the power of Indian judiciary. Silence will no way serve any purpose. I am quite sure that the U.P. Chief Minister, Mr. Akhilesh Yadav would not allow any misuse of power and the accused will be punished. Lastly, the police will have to be fair, vigilant, and above all ethical while dealing with such circumstances. Together we can surely put an end to the ills of our society, and the women of India can be delivered with the conditions that are favorable and prosperous.
In the end, I will share a worry that is vital to note. The Indian heritage is one of its own and excessive westernization would create grave imbalance. Indian women must too realize the centuries-old Indian culture and rituals that encompass embedded integrity. Extreme exposure and unjustifiable relationships are too the root causes of this grave issue. Let me clarify that I in no way repel transformation; however upper limit of every aspect shall be paid heed to. Another area of concern is the prevailing access to porn websites that in no way are adding to either the evolution or the dexterity of India. Herein, self-realization by women will be the key.
I would advocate the adaptation to western ethics only to the extent they are not detrimental to Indian heritage. And when we favor the infusion of western norms, let us first understand the viability of our legislative and judiciary system that is incapable to stand at par with European standards. Hence, the foremost concern must be to uplift the standards of our key wings viz. legislative, political, and judiciary, prior to thinking of following the fashion trends of European nations. Lastly, the Indian censorship board for films shall also take a note of prevailing unwarranted sexual content. All this can lead to an enhanced living place for women.