A Real Portrait of the Concept: Women Empowerment

12 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2009

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Dr. Gagandeep Kaur

School of Law, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies; Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar

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Date Written: August 27, 2009

Abstract

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. Eve teasing and sexual harassment is bitter reality but it is true that women are being insulted almost everyday, everywhere and everytime. It is an almost a torture for a woman to walk alone on the road. Eve-teasing are almost recognised as a male sport. The victim of offence are mostly modest and shy girls or young women of respectable families. The poor victims dare not protest in order to avoid creating a scene o attracting a crowd on the spot.Incidents of indecent Representation of women are shameful. 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.I still keep asking myself the same question, and so do many of us: Are women getting their due share in the society? Swami Vivekananda had said, 'That country and that nation which doesn’t respect women will never become great now and nor will ever in future and in pursuit of making India a great nation, let us work towards giving women their much deserved status.' A lot is still to be done, miles to go….

Keywords: Women Empowerment

Suggested Citation

Kaur, Gagandeep, A Real Portrait of the Concept: Women Empowerment (August 27, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1462820 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1462820

Gagandeep Kaur (Contact Author)

School of Law, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies ( email )

Energy Acres, Bidholi
Via- Prem Nagar
Dehradun, Uttrakhand 248007
India

Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar ( email )

Amritsar
Amritsar
India
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