Monday, July 19, 2010

Plight Of Women

I am reading a book by an English author on the plight of women in Saudi Arabia. The very things we take for granted such as freedom, education, opportunity to work, even a breath fresh air are forbidden to them.
The atrocities committed against them are mind boggling. However somewhere in the middle of the book I started seeing the horrifying similarity between the situation of women there and here in India.
What is ironical is that we have a festival to celebrate the goddess of power. She is put on a pedestal and worshipped, yet the actual treatment of women is sickening.
Female infanticide is rampant in our society. Already the male to female ration is alarmingly low and is going down even more. The surprising aspect is that the women of the family also support this barbaric act. It never fails to surprise me that man in his limited thinking is not understanding that he is bringing about his own extinction.
Another heinous crime which is being committed in the name of family pride is ‘Honour Killing.’ Though this crime is not new, but it has now caught media attention. Many young lives have been sacrificed, ruthlessly ended because they dared to live differently and not follow the dogmatic and outdated laws set by our society. As a kid I used to hear about these horror stories in small villages. But recent cases are testament to the fact that the so called educated and urban families of India are only modern in their lifestyle not in their thinking.
Scarily the number of dowry deaths of only been increasing. Hidden behind names like suicide or accident this evil still persists and hounds young women.
Child marriages are still practiced in some society of our country, ending ruthlessly with it many dreams of young girls. And the crime against women is increasing at an alarming rate in both urban and rural areas. News of ‘witch hunts’ and inhuman treatment of women branded as witches are rampant in rural India.
These are just a few issues haunting every woman who is born as an Indian, because by birth she is fated to be treated as a second class citizen.

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