Crime against women, gender inequality and harassment has always been a problem in India and we are obviously fed up of that. But are we ready to put an end to all this? If yes, let’s dig it deep to finish this from its root cause. All set? Here we go…
We are trapped in a society where aggression against its girls and women is a daily episode. The Nirabhaya and Gudiya case demonstrates it in the extreme. Such violence is in due course an act of belligerence against the whole of society, assaulting the very fabric of life. Law and policies are very vital instruments to curtail violence but more fundamental changes in attitude, culture and principle are needed at every stage of the society. These requirements should run aground in the assurance that Gender Equity is not just a goal to be achieved but a basic necessity to enable us to recognize our true nature as human beings.
Gender discrimination and violence is one of the symptoms of social order which is driven by insecurity, conflict and injustice. The structure of this order fails to solve the good that is beneficial for all but while expressing our anguish and demanding justice, we forget the long term goal that is to build conditions where a man and woman can work simultaneously towards an equitable and just social order. This however should not be overlooked.
For this we will have to change our perception of power and empowerment and revisit its definition once again. Taking preventive measures would be important as it becomes a long lasting and permanent solution. Respecting women, both at home and in offices as fellow human beings can bring in the transformation. Also, the inclusion of such elements in the education system would benefit the cause. Things like honor and moral lies in the integrity, ability to act with ethical courage, excellence in productive skills to meet one’s need with dignity and focus on community service can help to cultivate the thought. While we provide quality education to our girls, our boys need to be sensitized to gender equity issues.
If any tradition, custom or religious rituals that permits any form of violence should be strongly violated. Government should be answerable wherever gender justness is not upheld in official procedures and policy. The citizen, the family and the community are under the shelter of the State so granting secure and safe public atmosphere is a State duty.
While at home, it is necessary to treat your women equally because if the power tilts in the favor of men, the children will carry forward the same legacy, that is of the injustice and inequality they see. Preventing inequality and gender violence is far more important than identifying and addressing the causes of its symptoms. Preventive programmes should be promoted and social transformations like change in attitude, culture and social life that sustains exploitation and violence should be initiated.
Education plays an important role in changing a person’s mindset. So, if things like morale, integrity and sense of responsibility along with dignity are cultivated in youth and adolescent right from the beginning, propping up social transformation will become simple and easier.
If we take this initiative, we can surely step ahead in our endeavor of ending the cultural brutality. So, are you ready to be a part to finish this culture of cruelty?
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