Let us speak about the discrimination faced by Indian Women on this International Women’s Day. Read some of the prejudices & unethical practices still faced by Indian women daily.
Being a woman in India
On this International Women’s Day, we salute Indian Women, who faced lot of hurdles & discrimination in their lifetime. Moreover, they are standing toe-to-toe with their male counterparts and even leaving them far behind in many areas.
Women Safety is a major issue in India and new measures are in-effect to give them a more secure environment. This post is an effort to spread awareness of the discrimination women face daily & to applaud them for the work they are doing irrespective of the pitfalls, dangers etc.
Let us dedicate this day to those wonderful women who have shown that women are a force to reckon with and they can be successful, no matter how many hurdles they have to face.
Girl Child – A burden in society?
Women in India face huge problems right from the birth. Being born as a female child carries stigma in many societies even today. Irrespective of the law, female infanticide is still largely practiced. Females of all age suffer due to one back draw or another.
Let us have a look on various problems faced by India at various stages of life. The below-mentioned problems are only the major ones faced (one or more) by Indian Women throughout their lifetime.
Selective Abortion or Female Infanticide – Preference of sons have led to social discrimination against women, which has led to the formation of sex selective abortion (Rs. 1000 Crore Industry).
A May 2011 study in British medical journal the Lancet found that around 12 million Indian girls were aborted since 1981, according to Reuters.
The above-mentioned figure only shows the number of female infants killed. There is no accounting of later years biased behaviors, malnutrition, lack of medical & educational care etc.
This is still widely practiced in India, irrespective of the laws.
Read the news as it shows, infanticide is still practiced widely.
Women are part of this practice of women killing their unborn girl child. Stop this killing now.
Eve Teasing / Sexual Harassment – If a woman in India is still alive & has family support to study & be independent, males of this society, prove a difficult challenge to overcome. Eve teasing which is sexual harassment has become norm and males do not think twice before teasing/stalking a woman.
Many females lost their chance to study to this stalking/harassment issue. Parents, due to fear of escalation of harassment and fear of society, end up obstructing studies of girl child, making them stay at home & learn housekeeping. Many are married earlier due to the same reasons.
“Every 26 minutes a woman is molested, every 34 minutes a rape takes place, and every 43 minutes a woman is kidnapped, according to the Home Ministry’s National Crime Records Bureau.”
Cases of violent abuse of women have steadily increased since 2009. This has led to more restrictions on females & loss of education, freedom etc.
Education Disparity – Indians have a patriarchal society where male child is preferred and all the investment such as medical expenses, education expenses is done for the male child only. The main thought behind this is what would a girl child do after studies and even if she is earning, the earnings would go to her in-laws. Therefore, why waste money on her education when they have to save money for her dowry too.
“According to last census held in 2001, female literacy in the country stood at 54.16%, the highest ever, which is 20% lower than male literacy. The disparity is even higher in rural areas where over 63% or more women remain uneducated.”
Dowry / Bride Harassment – Marriages are one-way transaction in India, where the bride’s family is giving groom’s family, huge amount of money. Everyone, irrespective of the earning status of groom, expects some financial amount at the time of marriage. However, the lump sum amount does not stop groom side from demanding further. This leads to harassment, physical torture, & even burning/killing of brides, if the demands are not fulfilled.
“According to Indian National Crime Record Bureau, India has by far the highest number of dowry related deaths in the world. In 2012, 18,233 dowry death cases were reported across India. This means a bride was burned every 90 minutes.”
Domestic Violence – It is widespread and mostly overlooked crime. Women often due to family pressure, social stigma, & fear of future prospects, keep quiet and suffer from physical or mental violence.
“The 2012 National Crime Records Bureau report of India states a reported crime rate domestic cruelty by husband or his relatives as 5.9 per 100,000”
The above-mentioned are some of the hurdles faced by Indian Women, even today when women empowerment, equality are much discussed areas where Government is highly focusing too. Laws are being made & steps are taken to improve situations of women in India. Due to the uproar & vast protests after some shameful acts, stringent rules have been made. Still there is lot to be done about women safety in India.
CatchMe is an initiative to empower women with latest technology in form of Women Safety App, so that they can freely work & commute without worries of safety. They can fulfill their potential and do not have to stop going outside for the fear of safety. All you have to do is download CatchMe – Women Safety App in your phone & shed all your safety worries.