Thursday, July 2, 2009

Wake up people!!!



Though i wrote this last year, sometime around the Women's Day, even today, i feel the sentiments expressed in this article quite as strongly if not with greater intensity. I hope it acts as an eye-opener!

A few weeks back, on the, “Women’s day”,I found many articles in the newspaper about Women’s day celebrations and women empowerment schemes by the Government and also by some NGOs. As I continued flipping through the pages I found two other articles which immediately caught my attention. One was about a woman who had committed suicide after giving birth to her fifth daughter since she was so depressed at not being able to conceive a boy, the other was about how 9 male teachers of a teacher training college for women assaulted their students.

Here we are on one hand ‘celebrating’ women and everything wonderful about them while on the other hand we turn a blind eye to such reports of exploitation, which appear almost everyday. I found the contrast both pathetic and horrifying. Why did a mother (who obviously was a woman herself) think of her own daughters as curses and crave for a boy? Why do people indulge in female infanticide and feticide? Why should the parents of the bride pay dowry to the groom? Such questions and many more often leave me baffled.

Today, India boasts of a female President, a female speaker, a woman of our motherland made it to the space and we also have many eminent sportswomen. When women have achieved so much and have been proving their mettle over and over again, why are they still not treated on par with men? Is it because of our society’s baseless yet rooted prejudice against women or is it because we simply refuse to change our mindsets?
In cities, we find girls pursuing higher education, taking up jobs and holding esteemed positions, they also manage their household and kids. We have working mothers, wives or daughters, so, we may feel that ‘women being ill-treated’, is too cliché and irrelevant in today’s modern world. But we need a magnifying glass to get the clearer picture.

The number of high school dropouts amongst girls is not showing a declining trend. Many people from the Below Poverty Line families either want their girls to work as maids or they want to get them married off early while they may consider educating the boys.
Its high time we all woke up to this and realized just how inhumane this is.

7 comments:

Sahil K said...

It surely did move me..but I m of da same views..I totally detest ppl who think low of women...For me if a person dosent have respect for women..I have zero respect for him!! Its high time da socitey came out of its bloody mindset n set things right..Its saddening to see da plight of women..mind u even if da results indicate dat Women are progressing..there are girls n women in parts of da country being abused n ill treated, I think its time we put an end to dis..Good job Shravya..I hope ur article puts in mind of ppl some sense who think low abt women!!

shravya said...

thnx sahil...

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ronack said...

The rise of feminist ideas have however led to the tremendous improvement of womens condition through out the world in recent times.women education not only helps in the development of half of the human resources but in improving the quality of life at home and outside. Moreover educated women can also help in the reduction of infant mortality rate and growth of the population....well ppl shd understnd dis..low enrollment of girl child in the schools, engagements of girl children in domestic works and high drop out rate are major obstacles in the path of making most of the indian women uneducated[mostly in rural areas]....good article shravya!!!!!

Madhurya said...

totally agree with you...female infanticide is still prevalent in the rural areas..and i never really got that whole dowry concept..why on earth should the girl's family pay money in order to get her married...women are as independent as men and equally intelligent...so why should we be treated like slaves..a very "illuminating" article shravya....well done

nothing good happen said...
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nothing good happen said...

we dont know each other but i read ur post is MAST...
actualy i m also agree with u....
in rural areas still the gals have some restriction.. they are not able to go college with free mind even some parents are not allowed them to go college...
now we(bitsians) hav to do something for gals.
so that they will not marry with uncivilized people as parents force them to do when they are poor & always they hav worrie about marraige & only marrige..... so i feel great if i can do something for her..