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.
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.