Do Women in India still need Empowerment?
I raise up my voice, not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard… we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.
India is part one of the oldest civilizations on earth. For the past two centuries, the place and order of women in society have varied. India has changed, the society has changed. Sania Mirza is continuously bringing laurels, Mary Kom has made us proud in various championships, Arundhati Bhattacharya is doing a great job as the first women chairperson of SBI and now it’ll seem absurd if I say that women in India still need to be empowered. Behind these glittering success stories of women, there is a dark truth too. Our country witnessed an alarming rise in incidences of crime against women over the past decade. Isn’t it an irony that India became the first nation to reach Mars orbit in its maiden attempt but women here are still struggling for equal status in society.
The tale of women empowerment began from pre-independence period. During that time, many social reformers such as Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, and Jyotirao Phule made efforts to abolish ‘Sati’ system and formulated widow remarriage. From that time till now numerous acts and laws made their way into our constitution to strengthen women in Indian society.
Indian women have excelled in almost every field such as education, sports, politics, media, art & culture, science, and technology. But due to a deep-rooted patriarchal mindset in our society women are still victimized, humiliated, tortured and exploited. Even after so many reforms and implementation of various laws, women still face humiliation at their workplace. Apart from workplace harassment they go through much more in society. Issues like eve teasing, blackmailing, and internet frauds are common in our society. Incidences like the Delhi Nirbhaya rape case is a prime example of how women are been treated in our so-called modern society. It is not about the laws for such incidences, it’s about the mindset of people in our society.
The government has done all it can to ensure women empowerment. It is time for us, the youth of our country to change our frame of mind. None of the policy & schemes can help in the betterment of women if we do not respect them or treat them with equality. We need not to empower them anymore instead we should change our perspective towards them. If the whole nation can go bizarre over feeling the rise of intolerance (read here), people can surely play their part against tolerating women discrimination. There’s no need to enforce rules if we stop objectifying them. Instead of asking women to be careful we shall ask men to behave. This is empowerment in the true sense. Women empowerment has always been merely a topic for essays, debates, and speeches for years. The need of the hour is to understand it to greater depths and make people aware. Men in our society must learn the fact, real man respect women, for they are the better half of our society.
The question still stands the same, Do Women in India still need Empowerment?
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
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Co Author: Saksham Panda