74 Years On, How Free Are Our Women? A Look At Things They Still Need Freedom From

Independence Day 2020: 74 years on and Indian ladies have come a protracted method to excel at totally different fronts. They’ve ventured and proved their mettle even within the fields that had been earlier believed to be solely males’s sturdy swimsuit. In the previous couple of years a number of landmark modifications have swept in, aimed toward empowerment of the womenfolk. Right from the ban on triple talaq observe to everlasting fee for ladies in Army, some seminal strikes has bolstered India’s march in direction of gender equality. A lot has been attained, but greater than that also stays to be achieved.Also Read | Independence Day 2020: Satyagraha, How Mahatma Gandhi Changed The Face Of Political Protest During India’s Freedom Struggle

2020, is already right here however India of their desires, nonetheless eludes the ladies of the nation. Increased rape instances, eve-teasing, office harassment, home violence, trafficking are among the points that are so rampant throughout the nation, that the majority of those, besides the uncommon ones, typically go unaccounted, unreported and unattended.

On these points, we frequently hear the mental minds focus on, debate and shake their heads in dismay. Several ladies’s rights crusaders have undergone years of ordeals to push ladies to the spot they’re at right this moment.

In his satirical fiction Animal Farm, George Orwell wrote: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others,”- a phrase at which all ladies of our nation would unanimously nod their heads.

Global Gender Gap Index: India dropped 4 spots beneath

Talking of gender parity, India cuts a sorry determine. As per the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Index 2019-2020, India dropped 4 locations , from 2018, to take the 112th rank.

The index measures the extent of gender primarily based gaps in financial participation and alternative, academic attainment, well being and survival and even political empowerment.

Even worse is India’s rating within the well being and survival parameter – 150 out of 153 nations.

In the well being and survival parameter, India’s efficiency is dismal, rating 150th out of 153 nations.

“None of us will see gender parity in our lifetimes, and nor likely will many of our children. That’s the sobering finding of the Global Gender Gap Report 2020, which reveals that gender parity will not be attained for 99.5 years,” the report states.

Though, the state of affairs is grim worldwide, Indian ladies on a regular basis are struggling for issues as fundamental as stepping out ..or in graver instances freedom to even take beginning.

Freedom to step out fearlessly and as per their will.

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An academically brilliant scholar Sudiksha Bhati, pursuing entrepreneurship course, on the Babson College, Massachusetts (US), on a scholarship, should not have thought that stepping out throughout her lockdown keep at her native place in Uttar Pradesh, together with her relative would put an finish to her desires. Forever. Police have dominated out the harassment angle within the case however the Family of Bhat has alleged that she died in a highway mishap after she fell from a bicycle. Reason acknowledged: Her relative, who was driving, couldn’t steadiness the car attributable to a few bike-borne boys performing stunts round them.

One may also vividly recall killing of journalist Vikram Joshi, when he raised voice towards males harassing his niece.

And can we neglect the 2012 Delhi rape case or the one in Kathua or in Kannauj? We learn about these, as a result of media picked up these instances strongly. Hundreds of such instances instances go unreported.

In India, a rape is reported each 15 minutes, based on not too long ago launched official authorities crime knowledge, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) knowledge from 2018 revealed the dismal determine.

Women within the nation yearn for an environment the place they will exit, as and after they please, as a free citizen, with out the worry of getting, molested or raped.

Freedom from misogynistic marriage norms:


In regular Indian marriages (no matter what metropolis it’s), ladies are seen as someone who is of course tasked to handle husband, his household and the children. She is predicted to surrender her profession to find time for household and the family chores. Undeniably, household is essential, however the sense of equal accountability for each companions proper from incomes cash to taking good care of kids, a fundamental partnership is elusive to a lot of the households. One have a look at the matrimonial adverts, that demand “gori house-wives” for his or her sons, would substantiate the argument.

In the more severe instances of marriage, there are dowry calls for, there are tantrums from the groom’s facet of household, marital rapes and so forth. As a matter of truth, marital rape isn’t even thought-about a felony offense underneath the IPC.

Freedom from glass-ceilings:

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That invisible barrier has been breached by many ladies, who’ve occupied prime management roles. However, when talking for majority of ladies, who toil equally exhausting at work, if no more, are nonetheless at decrease positions, and are paid lesser than males. The fundamental cause behind that is ladies most often are usually not made conscious, and are usually not given equal alternatives, regardless of possessing caliber and competency.

A easy instance may be seen in Bollywood itself. Women actors, who contribute equally to a movie are paid much less. Another method to gauge that is taking in account the variety of movies that are ladies centric as in comparison with these with male protagonists.

Freedom from stigma & indifference round feminine well being:


There is a number of stigma surrounding ladies well being and hygiene. Menstruation remains to be in lots of components seen as a section of impurity of women. In rural areas, most girls wish to hold their interval a secret, leading to lack of acceptance and never utilizing sanitary hygiene merchandise. A variety of women drop out from faculties on attaining puberty in such areas.

The National Family Health Survey-Four report has discovered that about 58 p.c of adolescent women use  unhygienic or unsafe menstrual practices.

For working ladies, the battle is on for getting a break day in a month as menstrual depart, Recently, Zomato launched interval depart for its feminine workers, which has stirred the controversy across the topic once more.

Freedom from violence:


Women are subjected to totally different types of violence. Female foeticide, home violence, honour killing, vitriolage, witchcraft associated murders and dowry deaths are the types of gender primarily based violence. Recently, citing consultants, information company PTI reported that home violence instances in India elevated because the March 24 lockdown with husbands venting their frustration on wives, who haven’t any escape from their abusers.

Also Read: Netizens Hail PM Modi For Speaking About Sanitary Pads On I-Day; ‘Breaking A Taboo Is Real Women Empowerment’

Most of the issues acknowledged are a resultant of the long-established patriarchal setup which is so deep-rooted that folks have accepted it to be a pure way of life. India nonetheless has a protracted method to go in eradicating it.

(Views expressed by writer are private)

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