World around us has changed, progressive is the word that defines India. Advance technology, higher education, improved living standards, growth is evident in every aspect of living.
I have witnessed and owned the change Myself. Better education and opportunities have empowered us to contribute more towards the family and society.
Fancy Adaptation or a thoughtless replica
Thou our adaptability to change has improved, so has regional bigotry. At many levels and sect, women have not earned respect and credibility as men owns. Still subjugated and succumbed to social norms and age-old beliefs.
Western version of Indian society projects superficial outlook to modernization. Its understanding and interpretation about the subject is inadequate and discretionary. Believing and reacting is not defined by humanitarian or civil grounds, but individual likeness. Tolerance and acceptance to an ideology is evaluated by 100 years old parameter defined by GOD KNOWS.
Still stalked, shoved and grabbed
From centuries people have worked, fought and raised over many social practices that no Indian would own up with pride. Great minds and grand characters have stood-up for women’s right, qualifying them to exist with honor and own their freedom of expression.
Effort seems wasted when even today, an Idea of getting into an overcrowded market, creeps me to core. Walking on a sidewalk without fear of being stalked, shoved and grabbed looks impossible. Public transports where women are much more fearful than men of becoming a target of crime; groped, humiliated and victimized.
Are they only strangers? Not really. Without getting into any survey or statistics, I can attest, majorly close/related are impostors. They are around, they ambush and trick you. You are left clueless and ashamed (embarrassed) to even to speak out for yourself.
“It has happened to me, it still exists and it will affect my daughters too.”
We are in Sad State!!
Females are instructed to act, believe or dress in a certain way, anything other than that is looked upon as threat to INDIAN CULTURE. Women are killed, raped, torched, threatened and made miserable to hold onto our heritage. Few acclaimed flag bearer of culture and legacy that seems misinterpreted, outdated and unreasonable on many fronts.
Everyday there is an incident that highlight the state of women in our society. Public humiliation to domestic dishonor. She is raped for wearing skirt that some lewd consider too short. She is blamed and killed for not able to produce a boy. She is pervert, a slut if her choices challenge social dogmas. Her study, learning and job is only for ambition of matrimony. Her greatest virtue is to cook, breed and nurse her family.
Be the change
Let us empower ourselves and others around, to endorse the change. Let’s give our daughters safe world to live and grow. Freedom to choose, Strength to remain, Inspiration to transform, Wisdom to resolve and Path to follow.
“Don’t let anyone get comfortable with disrespecting you.” Respect yourself first before others can.
“Seek out strong women to befriend, to align yourself with, to learn from, to collaborate with, to be inspired by, to support, and enlightened by.” — Madonna
“Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book.” — Malala Yousafzai
“Educate your women first and leave them to themselves; then they will tell you what reforms are necessary for them. In matters concerning them, who are you?” — Swami Vivekananda Educate girls to empower society and nation at large.
“We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect” — Michelle Obama
Respect and acknowledgement starts early in life.
With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We as parents are their most important role models. — Michelle Obama Parent behavior and guidance is key to cultivate respect for women from initial times.
I believe, television in India has a critical role to play, for to its huge viewership. However, the serials telecasted for years, state women as miserable, dumb and irrational character. Lack of content and unrealistic conduct is hard to connect and relate with new age women and their issues.
I believe that we all have a responsibility to give back from where we raised (community), it’s no obligation but need of time. Consumerism community that we are, is driven by materialism and selfishness. Sharing our advantages with deprived, will help to hold onto humanity, progress the extant society, women inclusive.
“My brother, always remember that man has no rightful authority over woman unless the woman has willingly and voluntarily given him such authority.” ~ The Urantia Book, (133:2.2)