Women are considered as the soul of a society. They are self-trained and self-empowered humans responsible for the moral and overall development of their children. They are a great inspiration to the family and a leading example to the society.
The social stratification of women in India considers them as a second rate citizen of the country. This subjugation is no more atrocious than the violence a woman experiences in her domestic setup. The act of violence and sexual abuse against a woman is active even today in every society in the boundaries of education, class, age, and culture.
Women of Ancient India
The social stigmas dominated the early age of the Indian era in society. Even though women of the early days were educated, they battled the sufferings of the existing social evils. However, people like Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Swami Vivekananda, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, others started various Freedom Movements for women.
Women acquired revered positions in Politics and acquired skills in Martial arts. The First Indian woman to obtain the area as the president of the Indian National Congress and Governor of an Indian state was Sarojini Naidu. Since then, the status of women in India has seen momentum growth.
Women of Present India
Modern India or Free India has witnessed some to many developments in the social position and status of women. Many reformers in India have worked for the betterment and upliftment of women’s condition in society.
They have attained consciousness of their privileges and rights in the country. They are educationally, politically, socially, and economically progressed and take active participation in various fields. Their participation is vital for the development of the country, and yet there is any room for compliance.
The government abolishes social practices like child marriage, Female Infanticide, Dowry, and Sati. Despite abolishment, due to lack of awareness, women struggle with their Freedom. A woman cannot attain complete Freedom unless she comes forward and organizes the power to elevate herself in society.
Many parts of Rural India still practice Child Marriage and Female Infanticide, there is much that needs to be done regarding the improvement of women’s status. To combat these, women should raise their voice against those dominating them. They need to fight against the social evils that restrains them.
Status of Women In India
Women have been given gender equality in terms of work and payment. They are provided with provisions for maternity leave and are supplied with equal opportunities under Article 16 of the Indian Constitution.
Today’s era sees the active participation of girls in schools and universities. The girls are at equal par with boys in terms of Education. The Government of India under Article 14 of the Indian Constitution has made Education compulsory for every girl child up to the age of fourteen.
Women have occupied significant positions in the field of Politics such as President, Prime Minister, Governor, Lok Sabha Speaker, etc. Late Indira Gandhi was the first female Prime Minister of India, while Pratibha Patil was the first Women President of India who has led India to its best.
In short, even not a complete change, the current status of India sees a steady transformation of women compared to the past ages. The current status of women notices active participation in politics, military, economics, technology, and various other sectors. Thus, women occupy an elevated position in their family and society.
I have always been against Glorifying Over Work and therefore, in the year 2021, I have decided to launch this campaign “Balancing Life”and talk about this wrong practice, that we have been following since last few years. I will be talking to and interviewing around 1 lakh people in the coming 2021 and publish their interview regarding their opinion on glamourising Over Work.
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