Once I was watching TV, and a lady Govt. Minister make a statement on the issue of increasing rape cases that Rape is an ordinary crime. It keeps happening. If a lady can have such a mentality, what we can expect from males? One Ex-CM said “capital punishment for rape is not right, young boys sometimes make mistake in their youth.” There are numerous such examples we can find in Indian media where rape and sexual exploitations are undermine and more importantly, it is not the accused but the victim whom society makes to feel ashamed and guilty.
Eve teasing, marital rape, domestic violence, dowry system, female infanticide, gender inequality in society and many other problems related to women are found in India. It is no surprise that India is positioned at the 29th rank among 146 countries across the globe on the basis of Gender Inequality Index. The National Crime Records Bureau reveal that a crime against a woman is committed every three minutes, a woman is raped every 29 minutes, a dowry death occurs every 77 minutes, and one case of cruelty committed by either the husband or relative of the husband occurs every nine minutes.
Indian society needs overhauling. Not just for man but for women too. Women are their own enemy. When a girl child is born in a family, mother in law start cursing her daughter in law. As if she is responsible for girl child and girls are somehow bad or evil! If there is a working woman in a family, women of family start gossiping about her affair even though nothing such exists in reality. Mother gives free hand to their sons and put all sorts of restriction on daughters. If every mother start teaching her son to respect not only sisters and mother but also women as a human being then we can reform society very soon.
We also need women empowerment to change this scenario. By empowering women we can eradicate many evils of our society. Moreover, no country can be developed if half of its population will not work.Lot of work has already been done still more need to be done. Presently out of 100% work force only 28% are women.
Against all odds, women in India are performing exceedingly well in every walk of life including Politics, Games, business, Arm forces, Education, Science and technologies, IT and Media to name a few. They face stiff resistance at every step forward but with their determination and burning desire to prove themselves they pass every hurdle and achieve their goals. We all have to accept with full conviction that man and women are equal and should have equal opportunity and equal rights. Only then, we can make a safe India for women.