Women's Rights in India By Eden PLepler

My Topic for the Current Events Project is Womens Rights in India.

My Question: How does the discrimination towards women in India affect their daily lives?


1. What is going on in the news about my topic?

Women in India are not given equal rights. Even though Women’s rights are secured under the Constitution of India stating equality, dignity, and freedom from discrimination there is still a tremendous amount of abuse. At first this didn't make sence to me. Why would the population of India ignore the law? As I continued to reasearch I found the answer(s).

-Women in india have no right to marital property. If women are living in abusive environments and need to leave they will have no rights of their assets, such as their house or any of the husbands income. So, if she leaves him or gets divorced, even years after many years of marriage, she is potentially without any assets. Indian government policies do not consider the work the women do at home has no economic value.

-The marriage of young children, even toddlers is not rendered illegal once the marrige actually happens. Lots of the abuse of women sadly includes children and it is even harder to control becuase children are not telling people what is happening.

- In in state of Goa, a Hindu man can remarry if his first wife does not give birth to any male children till the age of 30. When he leaves his previous wife she is left with nothing.

-Women are not considered equal guardians of their children. A father is considered the “natural guardian” of their children and has most of the say of what happens to the child .

2. What information did I find?

- I learned so much about the daily struggles of an Indian girl or women. I learned facts such as, In India the family is seen as crucially important, and in most of the country the family unit is run by the father. Families are usually multi-generational, with the bride moving to live with the in-laws. Elders have authority over the younger generations, and the males over females. I also learned the female literacy rate in India is much less than the male literacy rate. Far fewer girls than boys are enrolled in school, and many girls soon drop out.

3. What is the answer to your question?

- My Question was, how does the discrimination towards women in India affect their daily lives? Women in India are extreamly affected by the way they are treated. Both the emotional and phisical pain is so much for anyone to handle and it must be so frustrating to see the government not working for change on your situtation.

4. What other questions came up as a result of your research?

-Why aren't other countries involving themselves in this tragedy?

-Why don't the people listen to the constitution of India dispite it being the law?

Legacy: How does my issue connect to the legacy of the ancient world?

Women in the ancient world's dharma was mostly to obey and respect there husband/ father. In India that have not grown to a more equal society throughout thee years. My topic has been a problem for generations even all they way back to the ancient world.

Why should people in America be informed about this issue?

- Me and other women and girls are lucky enough to live in a society that men and women have equal rights. Although most counties have a long way to go it's nothing compared to what the Indian women have to go through. The more we are informed about this unfair treatment we can work with India for equality.

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