So, how is a woman’s status in India??? Though we are in the 21st century, where women have a choice in everyday life, the business world as well as in politics; yet India is still a male dominant society where women are still looked down upon. Just by giving women opportunity to go out in the open world and show their worth, doesn’t mean that they are given the respect that they deserve. India’s first Prime minister said “You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women”. Then what conclusion can be drawn about our country, by looking at the situation here where women are not safe even in their homes?
In India a women is reportedly raped every 15 minutes. Multiply that by 24×7, 365 days a year. And keep in mind the majority of rape cases still go unreported. This ongoing issue with violence against women raises the real and serious question of whether India is truly ready for a seat on the global table.
In a country where a woman is worshipped as Lakshmi- a goddess of wealth and prosperity, Saraswati- goddess of knowledge and learning and many more, yet women become the victim of crime here. It’s not only young girls, but also baby girls of a few month and women aged 90 and more are raped. Our society faces many issues that we tend to ignore rather than fight. This encourages criminals. They get even more audacious. On December 12, 2012 a most appalling incident occurred in the capital of our country – The Nirbhaya gang rape. The girl was gang raped and left to die on the streets. It shocked the entire nation. The cruelty, brutality and callousness with which this revolting act was committed highlighted the criminal’s beliefs that they won’t be convicted and would easily escape. The youth stood up against this heinous crime and demanded justice. The protest began in Delhi, then in other cities and villages also got involved in it. There was a public outcry to end the violence against women. The people’s agitation was successful. The criminals were arrested. However, there is still no strict law against rape criminals which would force them to think twice even before committing such heinous crime. Our legal system is quite outdated. Rape and molestation laws are works in progress and are not quite near the global standards. Are girls any safer on our streets now? Does your sister, mother or daughter feel comfortable going out at night, wearing whatever she likes? Have you been abroad? Have you ever felt how different you feel when walk with/as a girl outside India? We are nowhere close to that standard when it comes to safety for women. This is probably the only crime where the victim is treated as the criminal – by the police, the lawyers and the society in general. The victim loses her “modesty” while there is no stigma attached to the culprit. True that if you venture out alone at night and get mugged no one can save you. But at least you want be doubted of being of “loose character”. We really need to strengthen and sensitize our police force. But they come from the same society we live in and will not be any different from the most of us. The social stigma should be on the culprit and not the girl. A woman’s body and her clothes face censure at perhaps every stage of her life. When it comes to sexual assault, it is often the woman who blamed as her outfit was ‘inviting’. But why should women be blamed for something that is, in no way, their fault.
Why aren’t the boys asked to show some respect toward girls??? Why aren’t the boys asked to control themselves??? The boys must be taught to respect our girls. I mean not the mere talk but translate it into action. Please stop telling the girls to be safe or not venture out alone or at night. As a girl myself, we don’t step out of the house planning to get raped or harassed. Sometime we want to travel alone, sometimes we need to. Sometimes we have to go out in daylight and sometimes at odd hours. And most of us take enough precautions like any normal person would.
We girls don’t need your sympathy, we demand for our rights. We are also no different from boys. If we can be provided with the same quality of education, as boys receive; then we want to be treated as equal to them. We don’t want to be a toy in the hands our society where we are not allowed to do what we want. We demand for a nation where we can step out of our homes without the fear of anything wrong happening to us. We want to travel wherever we want and whenever we want. We want to be independent and safe, in its true meaning.
Source: winkreative and Arround th web