INDEPENDENCE DAY ?
A certain thought popped up in my mind: Indian women, are they really independent? As the dictionary says, the literal meaning of the word ‘independence’ is self-sufficiency, self-reliance, autonomy, freedom, liberty etc. Women folks, can they walk safe down the street at night without fear of being shouted at, followed, grabbed, or worse. I think the answer is ‘no’.
So a girl doesn’t feel safe at night, she doesn’t even have the least freedom of wearing the clothes of her choice. Is it only enough being a constitutionally independent country? Are we living with complete freedom, are we really liberated? These are the few questions we have to ponder upon.
It’s been years since we are free from the clutches of British rule in India. Today standing here after years, do our women feel the freedom, freedom from the atrocities against them?
But in our country violence against women is increasing day by day. Rape, female feticide, acid attacks, domestic violence, dowry deaths, honour killings, forced abortion, human trafficking, sexual violence, and the list goes on and on. Unfortunately, the percentages of these crimes are increasing every year.
So, let us keep all our differences aside and fight against those issues that don’t make our women independent. She should be raised to be an independent woman and not the victim of anything. In the words of Nelson Mandela, ‘Freedom cannot be achieved unless the women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression.’
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