A Real Portrait of the Concept: Women Empowerment
Posted: 23 Aug 2009
Date Written: August 21, 2009
In India, women have been greatly praised in the literature and religion as ‘Devi’ or ‘shakti’ or ‘ardhangini’ and a portion of a man, however, by the contrivance of this civilisation, this slice or part of man has assumed a very little proportion of the whole of man by reducing woman to an appendage of his life, a parasite, a domestic animal, a pleasure resort. This is true story of man-made civilisation wherein lies the tragedy of woman. The life of average Indian women is still governed by customs, habits, prejudices and unwritten codes of conduct. The Indian society is averse to treating a women as a human being. The researcher here observe that the legal equality which women enjoy under the Constitution and the special privileges are all in papers. Though in their public utterances, men praise the concept of equality and show concern that women should be able to avail of their constitutional and legal rights, yet at heart they are the most conservative. The judiciary is not sympathetic to the women’s cause. She has to undergo sex determination test to know the gender of the child. She is teased on streets, harassed everywhere, molested in public places but she is mum because of the fear of retaliation from the offender. Most crimes against women go unreported. The condition of women in India cannot be improved by any single method or merely by pronouncing the word ‘Women Empowerment’. There is need to change the traditional mental set-up which is deep rooted in the minds of women only then this concept can turn into reality.
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