Let her breathe, let her have her rights!
The ancient Indian is said to have witnessed the golden times in every aspect including the rights of women. The society being more liberal and open minded saw women as equals and the fairer sex enjoyed being themselves.
With the gradual but drastic change in the society, the status of women has been descending since ages and it continues to do so, threatening the very foundation of the society. People fail to understand that it’s a woman who nurtures and builds a family and families make a society. A failed family would weaken the social order and failed families would decay the base of the civilization, which in time would crumble down.
To begin with, women need education. Lack of education makes a woman vulnerable in day to day life.
She might be able to do simple math to buy her groceries but she won’t know if she is being cheated in the deals.
She might send her children to tutorials to get the best of education and pass all the examinations with flying colors, but she won’t be there when her children are being misled by wrong information.
Her illiteracy would mean her unawareness and apathy towards current affairs, social issues and the most important factor, her Rights.
That brings us to the Constitutional Rights and privileges. How many women, educated or uneducated know their fundamental rights? Hardly 10% and I would not be surprised if the percentage is lower than what I mentioned. It’s sad how even the educated ones are ignorant towards their rights and privileges.
This apathy is further encouraged by those sections of the society who want to be in power by making women remain inferior, by not encouraging them to illuminate themselves with the deep knowledge of social, economical, political, legal and constitutional factors.
Furthermore, women are stripped off of the most important right, which is to live like a human being. The social stigmas that linger around us like leeches make it harder for a girl to live her life from the time she is a mere fetus.
It starts from even before her birth. A girl child is often considered a burden, an unwanted mouth to feed. She will marry and take loads of dowry with her and until that happens she needs to be fed and clothed; a loss, whereas, a son would stay with the family, earn a living and bring dowry; a profit it is.
Even when a girl is brought to this world, many families don’t raise her the way a child needs to be. She is discriminated against, time and again, she is told why she can’t have the life her brother has and this thought is carved within her soul that, this is how it should be. To make it worse, the boys of the family are raised with these values, and the tradition passes on from generation to generation.
The bias is all around us. It never ceases to make its way into every aspect of our lives. These people, both men and women who suppress the identity, the very being of a woman truly lack the understanding of the essence of a harmonious and developed nation.
Compassion can not be taught, it’s something that comes with values and principles imparted within family and when one begins to treat others like humans without any discrimination, however, education and awareness make a huge difference and we as responsible citizens and social beings should encourage it as and when we can.
Equality will only bring balance and harmony to the society, whereas, the mere fear of losing power that creates such inequality will result in doom of our now so called “civilization”.
This is a guest article by Namrota Mazumdar who writes at http://namrota.blogspot.in/