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Is India Really Free?

When her daughters are not safe to be free in public places, on roads, in work place or in worst cases even at their homes, how can we boast of Mother India being free? She may be free from British Supremacy but she is still in the clutches of India Male Supremacy.

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Rape, sexual harassment, abuse are not exclusive to our country but what distinguishes it is

  • The alarming rate at which it is happening.
  • The gruesome manner in which it occurs.
  • And the most insensitive way in which the victim is treated.

 As a woman I believe that in this male chauvinistic society there is very scant respect for women. At every stage women have overcome this discrimination with sheer determination and have come out with flying colors in every field at home and outside.

We know that behind a successful man there is a woman and in our society behind a successful woman there is a bruised male ego. A few have genuinely supported and admired women’s success, while a few more are reluctantly tolerant. The perturbing fact is majority of them are intolerant and the level of intolerance is directly related to level of crimes starting from eve teasing, harassment, molestation and culminating in rape and even murder.

Such crimes happen in every strata of society irrespective of rich or poor, educated or uneducated, forward or backward. The irony is when we raise our voices against these crimes society has the audacity to question the victim’s actions rather than introspect the brutal and perverse nature of the criminal. This attitude is once again the same across all sections.

 Men who commit such crimes don’t do it on the spur of the moment or by getting lured but only because of a deep sadistic longing to assert their supremacy.

     Stricter laws, speedy justice, providing more security will help but the daunting task is to dispel this mindset which is the main cause of such crimes. This has to begin at grass root level. Starting from every household where men should treat their wife, daughter, sister with respect and equality setting an example and spreading it to wider social circles.

 Before girls learn to read and write properly they are taught how to behave in society, following norms etc. and this is a life long process. It should be the same for boys’. Right from a young age boys should be taught the value and importance of women and the necessity to respect them. This should happen at all schools, colleges, religious places, public forums and should be reiterated time and again.

 If a woman allows a man to take the lead it’s not because she is meek or inferior but for a greater cause of maintaining harmony at home or society. A man should never take advantage of this.

 Change cannot happen overnight but we must strive towards it as we owe it to the women of our country. A society which respects women and upholds their dignity is a true progressive society and a nation with such a society is a truly free nation.

Athena Mira

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18 Responses

  1. shee_shee12345 says:

    This is the first post where I see a solution, a start, a new revolution. Kudos to you Mira and looking forward to not just this but much more from you. Common Athenas lets follow the idea put forward by Mira and try to put an end to the difficulties and hardships we all face.

  2. badrinath_t says:

    Teaching boys from when they are young, is this even possible? Why didn’t our mothers do it then? Why is that you cannot convince your own mothers, sisters and friends before you try convincing us?

    • lalitha says:

      well the author is not talking of the generation gone by but the present generation of mothers , sisters and friends(who are more aware) teaching their young boys and she also specifically includes fathers, brothers and husbands setting examples which is you.

  3. Harsha says:

    Indeed you are right in today’s India no female is free to walk alone,do things they love and all this is because of male losing its social morals..They think of female as toy they can play with and being a male I really feel sorry to see such things and Yes change can’t be there overnight but if we stand together slowly but surely we can remove these darkness

    • shee_shee12345 says:

      Little drops of water make a mighty ocean, today we know that we at Athenastake are not alone, you are there with us. Thank you and together we can and we will bring forward the change we desire.

  4. Vijay says:

    Nope Athena I agree with you we are not free as of yet from the dogmas, the taboos, the crimes and the corruption. But someday we will

  5. diana says:

    I salute you Athena Mira. To be very frank, we women are as much to blame as the men for this sorry mess. We go on pampering our sons, husbands and brothers either to humor them or just to keep the peace. And it is us who end up as doormats. So before we talk about changing others mindsets we need to take a long hard look at ourselves and drop the docile, servile attitude if we hope to get anywhere in life.

  6. Saru Singhal says:

    I once wrote, ‘I am not someone who will shout slogans at the top of her voice. I would rather do my bit and encourage others by setting an example. I believe, I’m that tiny stone that will lead to ripples of change.’

    And I truly believe, every single good action helps in the transformation of society. We must act whether someone is with us or not. We need action to improve the situation in our country.

    A thought provoking read.

    • shee_shee12345 says:

      I believe, I’m that tiny stone that will lead to ripples of change.’ – Agreed you are i have seen your work and there is a lot of thoughts which I feel are an echo of what we believe in at athenastake.

  7. matheikal says:

    Nice post. Gandhi cried when India won Independence because he knew India was not really free. Freedom lies in hearts, not in a piece of cloth called the flag. Freedom lies in thinking, not in economic progress or economic domination. Never in the right to rape, steal, plunder or elect rulers who commit all these crimes….

    • shee_shee12345 says:

      Your comment in itself is a lesson, loved it and am going to post this as my status update on Facebook, thank you for the comment and the points to ponder.

  8. jayanpsk says:

    Women in India have a problem with high proportion of abuse n safety issues, the same way people of India have a problem with the high proportion of crime and injustice.
    Compared to ancient rome,greece or any part of europe or middle east, Ancient indian women I believe had a better lives even after taking into consideration the manu smriti. Polyandry,matriarchy were not as prevalent in other polygamous societies compared to India.

    • shee_shee12345 says:

      What a piece of information, Thank you its so apt for our site and the concept we are working for :). Thank you once again.

  9. Aadhya says:

    We all are here writing and commenting but what have we done today that we can count as a positive step towards our common goal?

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