A country on the threshold of development, ready to savour its tryst with greatness, and yet a country that still disrespects its mothers, sisters and daughters!
The Supreme Court of India, chose to use the word ‘keep’, ‘mistress’, ‘concubine’ etc to describe the female counterpart of a live-in relationship!
After years of hiding under the cutural taboos of the land of the Kamasutra, live-in relationships were finally accepted as a legal realtionship by the Indian judiciary. But the attitudes remain the same.
We are still attributing an inferior role to the woman in the relationship. If the woman were the earning member, and the man in the relationship did not bring home the dough, would the same judiciary, call him a keep?
Its not just about live-in relationships.
A couple of months back, there was a lot of resistance when a member of the Indian Army came out with a statement that women officers don’t deserve to be in combat, because of the possibility of pregnancy.
The argument of the armed services was that with the amount of money and time being spent on the training of an officer, it made more sense to train the men, who could obviously not take off on maternity leave.
This was completely absurd, given the fact that other industries too could apply the same logic. And is pregnancy an affliction exclusive to Indian women?
All over the world, more and more women were being absorbed into the armed services and in our country, they had decided that it was not worth the effort!
The mark of a growing developed society is one where there is at least a semblance of equality of gender. I am not suggesting that India is the only country with gender inequality.
But if we are aiming to become one of the more powerful nations, we must begin to respect our women more. And let me also point out that it is not men who are responsible for this attitude, women are equally to blame.
Also note that the sex ratio is heavily skewed in favour of the males. This is not an accident. And no one should be given the liberty of justifying murder with culture.
“The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.”