• Aditi Choubey

Are women and men really equal in eyes of law?

Yes! I am aware that Article 14 to 18 of our Indian Constitution talks about Rights to

Equality, but the question here is whether the women of our society get the equal

stage or equal platform or equal opportunities still living in this 21st Century as

compared to men?

Well, the answer is a big NO.

Although everyone is well aware of the fact that men and women are equally capable

in every walk of life, in every field but still discrimination is seen. And yes talking

about discrimination does not mean that I support “Pseudo Feminism”.

I never said that men should step down and give the share of their success to women.

There is a very thin line of difference between Feminism and Pseudo Feminism.

Feminism is a belief in social, economic, and political equality of the sexes and I

support it.

Well, it’s a shame that we live in a country where a minister the so-called leader of

your country, Yogi Aditya Nath said, and I quote “ Women not capable of being left

free or independent”. I am aware that I am a woman a free soul and have my own

rights and liberties, but are the so-called men of this society aware of that.

It’s high time that these kinds of thoughts, of such men in our society, need to be

cleaned and changed at the same time. They need to understand that women are

equally capable enough to protect themselves. If they really want to do something for

us they should probably change their mentality and accept the above fact.

It is very rightly said that awareness or a sense of respect for others doesn’t come

from education rather it comes from the person’s upbringing. It’s right that India is

still lagging behind in its literacy rate but what about morals and ethics?

The mentality of such stereotyped people is that the reason behind such high rates of

rape happening in our country is no one but the women because they are wearing

clothes of their choice and have been given more independence than what they

deserve. These people forgot about the rape case where children of seven to eight

months are being raped and also women of the age of sixty are being raped. What was

the reason behind them being raped?

Its high time that the so-called men of our society with such low mentality that they

are physiologically more capable than women and therefore they need to protect them

should be changed. If they really want to protect us, they should change such thinking

and give equal respect which we actually deserve.

The Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister has also written that “A home gets destroyed when

women become as effective as men”.

“Evaluate how it affects the necessary and important role of women in family and

upbringing of children. Decide that if women are given participation equivalent to

men in politics and life. Outside, then whether our mother, daughter, and sister would

lose their form and significance”, he wrote.

And this is just not the end a few days back there was a protest that took place where

students from Jadavpur were there, the women protesters were molested by ABVP

activists, the WB’s BJP Chief Dilip Ghosh said that the women were “shameless” to

participate in the protest

He said, “ Those who fear so much for their modesty, why did they go there?” He also

stated the phrase “ low standard” in this statement.

Just because women went to the protest and stood firmly with their opinions for their

rights they are of “ low standard” as per our so-called MLAs and MPs. Whereas the

men who were at the same location with the same moto were of high standards just

because they are men and they are free to do anything and everything they want to. If

women are weaker sex then why God have given them the ability and power to give

birth and take the legacy of this world ahead.

It is also very important that the women get to know where they stand and should also

support other women do not behave in a misogynist way as others do.

Gender inequality has been the biggest societal issue in India for centuries. That in

many parts of India, the birth of a girl child is still not welcomed is a known fact. It is

a known fact too, that discrimination starts from even before the girl child is born and

sometimes she is killed as a fetus, and if she manages to see the light of day, she is

killed as an infant, which makes up the highly skewed child sex ratio where for every

1000 boys in India, there are only 908 girls. In such a scenario, it is but obvious that

for myriad reasons, many girls across the country are forced to drop out of school.

Patriarchal norms have marked women as inferior to men. A girl child is considered a

burden and is often not even allowed to see the light of the world. It is hard to imagine

this state of affairs in the 21st Century when women have proved to be strong leaders

in every field possible. From wrestling to business, the world has been revolutionized

by exceptional women leaders in fields that were until recently completely dominated

by men. But in spite of such progress, even today, the girl child is discriminated against in

most Indian households. The birth of a baby boy is celebrated with great pomp and

ardor, but the birth of a girl child is received with dismay. The practice of female

foeticide through sex selective abortion continues to be practiced in spite of the

Prenatal Diagnostic Technique Act of 1994. In India the child sex ratio is at the lowest

it has ever been with just 914 girls for every 1000 boys (Census, 2011). And this discrimination continues in every aspect. Be it education, be it health, be it

protection,sex-selective or participation, the girl child is always treated unequally. Indian society still hasn’t been awakened to the importance of empowering the women. The statistics still narrate a grim story of female foeticide, girl child discrimination, and gender bias.

 42% of married women in India were married as children (District Information

System for Education (DISE) 3)

 1 in every 3 child brides in the world is a girl in India (UNICEF)

 India has more than 45 lakh girls under 15 years of age who are married with

children. Out of these, 70% of the girls have 2 children (Census 2011)

The need of the hour is to make a change in the mindset of the society and destroy the

prejudices that damage the future of the girl child  . What is required is a concerted

effort to sensitize the society in eradicating this issue of gender inequality. It is high

time that every child is treated equally and given every opportunity required to grow

to his/her full potential.

Recently, the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Tirath Singh Rawat said that women or

girls wearing “Ripped jeans” are characterless and are a shame for our country.

Seriously? I really feel such a ripped mentality should be mended no matter what

because we as a part of this country won’t tolerate this at any cost.

And after all these people say that if a girl or woman raises,their voice for their rights it

is said that she is playing “women card” or she is “manipulative”. No one once thinks

that such misogynist would not lead to our country or this world to the path of

progress. On one hand, these people worship Goddess Durga and Kali and on the other

hand disrespect the women of the house abuse them and also no one is unaware of the

fact of “Domestic Violence”. There is not many case that is registered against this

violence because the girl from the very initial days taught to be suppressed and to shut

their mouth to whatever wrong happens to them. And why only blame the society in a

country where still “Marital Rape” is not a crime and this shows that women are still

considered men’s property and are still objectified no matter how far we have come

and how much educated we are.


It’s high time to come up and raise our voices as women and show the world what we

are and how much capable we are. I am aware about my rights and liberties and also

want other women to get aware of them.

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