Women are those who needs no care of attention neither any kind of love and
are easy to handle. It definitely seems a definition of an object but it's the
sour truth and the exactly the condition of women in our nation. Even the way
women are defined in religious context is very melancholy i.e. in the
Christianity women are defined as:
Although women are spiritual equals with men
and the ministry of women is essential to the body of Christ, women are excluded
from leadership over men in the church. And it's not complete yet in Hinduism a
woman's duties include physical and emotional nourishment, reverence and
fulfillment of her husband and her children.
Therefore, these simply typify that the women are none but an object which can
be easily handled. Even in the 21 century the condition is not improved yet.
But, we can say that the condition has been improved from last decade and that
is very much visible as well. But it's not like that the women are one who
always faces problems but sometimes they are ones who are responsible for a
problem and even they are the guilty.
Problems faced by women
The list of the problems is not short and neither stubby, it is something which
cannot be displayed in a single sentence or two. The problems are being faced by
both kinds of women working as well as home makers.
According to stereotypes, problems start when a women step out to gets some
penny for his family but what when a woman is a house maker? The answer would be
nothing but the silence and that silence simply depict the answer. Problem is
not that they won't be able to coup-up with others but the problem is that
people are not giving them equal opportunity as everyone gets.
There are many problems which both homemakers and working women face and they
- Acid Attack
- Child Marriage
- Honour Killing
- Sexual Harassment
And the list continues.... All these above mentioned problems were based on the
legal perspective. There are many problems which are not legally mentioned but
they experiences like Accusation of witchcraft, this is something which women
and children both faces on the other hand women do faces problems at workplace
as well like sexual harassment at workplace. These offences are both legally and
ethically wrong but, then also we practice, why because there is no such strong
and overpowering body which can govern us on this particular topics.
Laws for the safety of women
We cannot keep safe women nor anyone else unless and until, people themselves
initiate to protect other and stop infringing others rights.
But then also there are many laws which are there to protect women and they
are as follows:
- Dowry prohibition act, 1961
- Indian divorce act, 1969
- Immoral trafficking (prevention) act, 1956
- Married women's property act, 1874
- Child marriage restraint act, 1929
- Sexual harassment of women at workplace act, 2013
These are laws by which women's rights can be protected. But it is very
ironical that one who makes law sometimes is one who breaks the law. The proofs
are many it just that we need we head up and turn around.
To ensure more security to women there are some more statute and principle:
- A women cannot be arrested after the sunset and before sunrise.
- A women can lodge an FIR at any police station irrespective of the place
of crime and the cops cannot refuse.
These are some more postulates to keep women more safe and secure. But the
question is whether they are safe by having so much law and statute. The answer
would be something which needs no attachment. The reason is very simple that we
(the people) are the one who don't allow them to have progressive lifestyle.
Keynotes cases which proves the aforesaid points:
There are many cases by due to which the conditions of women have been improved.
And few them are mentioned below:
- RAPE- Dhananjay Chatterjee v/s the state of west Bengal, (1994) 2 SCC
- Sexual harassment-D.S. Grewal v/s Vimi Joshi, (2009) 2SCC 210
- Domestic violence- V D Bhanot v/s Savita Bhanot (2002) 3 SCC 183
- Dowry death – Pawan Kumar and Ors. v/s state of Haryana
- Acid attack- Parivartan Kendra v/s UOI 2015 (13) SCALE 325
Initiative by the government for the welfare of women:
- Mahila E-haat
- One stop centre scheme (Sakhi)
- Swadhar ghar
- Nari Shakti puruskar
Women conditions cannot be improved unless and until we impart any efforts. And
it is also important that women themselves should come up in front and fight for
their rights. And the other side of the coin would be that we have to give them
same opportunity as other people get.
Historically it has been proven that in
the Indian society women were not getting same level of respect and honor as
they deserve and now its high time that they get what they deserve. And at last
I hope that after reading this, you can make a rational judgment towards them
and give them same respect.