Debates on “Women rights” are happening all over the country for the past few years. The country is not completely out of the cold blooded crime in the capital city which shook even hard hearted people.
Prayers were made; Protests were raised; signature campaigns took place; Capital punishments were insisted. All these efforts are appreciable. Beyond all these, how many of us took sincere attempts to analyze what is cause and what is the effect?
The fact that these efforts are extra ordinary is something which cannot be denied. But will this alone bring the change that we want to see in this world?
People started to even blame the unsafe atmosphere prevailing in our country and felt ashamed of being part of this country. But they forgot the fact that the term “India” includes him or her and they have moral responsibility in breaking this unsafe atmosphere which is prevailing today.
Reading the half baked and incomplete history of India, they say that this is a country which treated women inferior to that of men. That existed for some years. Agreed! But what was our ancestry? At that time, women were not treated in par with men, but a step above men with respect and divinity.
Our ancient history, epics, religious scriptures, everything glorified women as a form of goddess and showered respect upon her.
When talking about ancient women, first and foremost picture that hits my mind is Shri maa Sarada Devi. When I read her biography, my mind was mesmerized by the way Shri. Ramakrishna paramahamsar (Her Husband) did Shodaji Pooja to her. Despite of the fact that she was his wife and she was much younger to her, he viewed her as a human form of goddess Shakthi.
Gargi and Maitreyi were respected as learned women in ancient society. So many women can be listed out in this regard.
Is that the situation prevailing now? Crimes against women are increasing in the geometric progression. Government of India’s recent statistics reveals that the percentage of increase in crimes against women from 2010 to 2011 is 7.1%
Before going into the cause aspect, the consequence aspect which is vital needs to be looked into. Crimes like rape, sexual harassment, molestation, immoral trafficking in women are poisonous when compared to crimes like dowry demands (Just my point of view), for the sole reason that these crimes will just not cause violence at the time of commission but implant severe disease in the minds of the victim and the society surrounded by her. In most cases, a sexually abused victim hears an alarming cry inside her, when she faces the world, however supportive the society around her are!
When women in the west fought for rights for their equality our Indian culture granted respect to women even much before the so called rights came into the picture of many countries. This is a fact that cannot be denied!
Swami Vivekananda, when writing about Indian women said, In the west, all women other than the mother are looked at as wives. In India, all women other than the wife are looked upon as mothers.””
There lies the point. The solution lies nowhere else than here. It was this culture which respected women; Treated her in par with men; Added value to her life; Recognized the sacrifices that she made; Gave sanctity to the roles played by her as a daughter, wife, mother and so on; Witnessed the “Shakthi” in her; And so on.
One among of the best thing that we have lost in the phase of modernization is the sanctity given to women. Now the question of sanctity becomes less important, as safety itself is in deep danger!
Not just we are harassed in various walks of our life, but are viewed as objects of lust. Indecent portrayals of women have become the fashion of the day! Pornography and prostitution are increasing day by day. The shocking fact is even mobile phones have indecent applications that degrade women. There are even instances where women are cheaply harassed without even being physically contacted.
This is the price that is paid by the country for destroying our priceless culture in the guise of modernization and westernization.
When a person blames the country and the legal system alone for the injustice that is happening to women, and calls himself/herself as an activist, then all that can be done is feeling sorry for their ignorance of the fact that they themselves contribute to the irreparable loss caused to the country.
Stringent laws and capital punishments are mandatory for these anti – social elements. Though they may not bring these crime rates drastically, such punishments are required for the sole reason of destroying these bacteria which planted venomous mental sickness not only inside the victim but inside the heart of each and every women. But the permanent cure lies only on adherence to our values and culture. This cannot be disputed.
I am a princess for my parents. Each and every woman is a princess for her own family. After crossing hundreds of barriers, each and every princess steps forward to achieve so many things. Whatever achievements we make, however supportive our surroundings are, the hidden princess inside us is still weeping, which at some point or the other is hindering us to walk forward! And it’s really difficult to wipe her tears completely because, one after the other our kith and kin are harassed.
When someone ask whether I want “Women rights” or “Women respect”, I still say women right, not for copying whatever men do, but just for safe position in which they are placed. (I am restricting only to this aspect). I am ready to work for the respect. But I should first be safe for working for women, because I also belong to the womankind whose safety is in danger now.
Feminism just not lies in blaming men and the country, and voicing for temporary solutions for a temporary period, but working towards the permanent empowerment of women, not only by bringing her the rights but empowering her with respect.
Looking forward to take the first step as a feminist which I wanted to take from my 12th age and the time for which is almost come.
Thanks for the read!