There are strings of words and phrases that have been coined or used over the years to describe the diverse demography of our Motherland. Popular ones like “Unity in diversity”, “Largest democratic nation” hails amongst them. But every democratic structure is built layer by layer. Every stratum needs its own representation and voice. Some of them have it, some of the unfortunate ones don’t. The position of women has always been a topic of intense debates and long discussions and this being a very topic is a reason for us to be ashamed of ourselves. It’s depressing and agitating to accept that we belong to a country where in we start our day by bowing down in front of numerous Goddesses and then a fraction of our countrymen turn into bedevils for women.
Female-safety has been a constant point to cogitate over in our growing and relishing nation. All such measures including Installation of CCTV cameras in public places, providing reservation in public spots and transportation, active hotline numbers, enforcing government agencies to work specially for women-welfare, self-protection training programs for women, amendments in certain laws for women, empowering women of the rural communities with free or subsidized education etc. have been in force to uplift the security level for women but somewhere, it’s not functioning properly. According to reports, a rape case is reported every twenty minutes in India (source: Wikipedia) and this is just the official figure. Whenever a rape case breaks into the mass media, it triggers enormous protests and commemorations. Demand for justice and swift trial is clamoured but it eventually loses steam and the case is prolonged over several years. The biggest threat to women’s safety lies in the mental realms of a man. So an additional measure that can be undertaken is moral empowerment of men. Awareness should be created and advertised on a much wider level and workshops pertaining to security of women should be enforced amongst public to cultivate the moral roots of people in abstaining from being a bedevil for women.
As the security of women has been under constant threat, women have generally been confined to live a subverted social life. Be it because of the imposition of age-old customs or social vulnerability, they have never got the chance to express themselves with absolute freedom. With the prospering urbanisation, things have changed in our growing country but not enough. It’s much easier for a man to talk about intimate affairs than a woman. A big fraction of our countrymen driven by rugged mentality create an unfavourable environment and bottleneck a woman’s expression. It’s a sin and people need to come together to abolish it.
Everything changes and improvement is the logical form of change. It’s finally up to the common people’s intention to come together and for once, not just talk but act too and eradicate the disparity between the positions of the two genders in our country.