Women in urbane India are vigorously seeking empowerment in reality, but they are enlightened and are most certainly vying ferociously for their independence. Depending on the socio-economic situation a woman finds herself into, the empowerment and help she desires takes drastic turns.
In the lower socially strata, it is not unusual to find women battered black and blue! They are a soft target of unfulfilled whims and broken fancies of their husbands, brothers, or fathers. Talk about undue influence! The higher you climb this social ladder, you would be amazed to realise the levels of secrecy, and behind how many closed doors various forms of abuses are carried out!! From verbal abuse to battery, from molestation, sodomy to rape, and from emotional abuse to dissociation, every such incident has a very adverse effect on the self esteem and self-determination of women.
The most flawed provision by far is creating minority quotas for women. In a country which is torn by rift of groupism since independence, it is really not in the interest of the larger public that such reservations be made in urbane India. Women elude enough charisma, grit and determination to achieve what they desire. The only exception with reason of security is the ladies compartment in trains.
Although the government is trying to create an environment for nurturing the rights of women, at many instances it tends to become too generalised in nature. The laws and provision, albeit progressive, are often neglected to be implemented in the most obvious conditions. What I wish on this women’s’ day is to have laws that are so needed by the land in question.
In rural and tribal India, women need representation of their views, they are in minority and their rights have to be protected. They need to be sheltered from exploitation, physical and mental abuse as a priority. In urban India on the other hand, women don’t need representation, but they want equality, and freedom from verbal, sexual and emotional abuse more than ever before.
Women today have become all the more reformative, world over, and it is no longer her femininity that counts, but the modern ‘Lady’ has learnt to put her name above her gender.