Gender Equality in India

The question that I investigated was if India respects and follows the idea of gender equality. I chose to investigate this because there is a problem with gender equality in all parts of the world. Even in countries as modern as America, women are treated and thought of lesser than men. India, being a generally poor, third-world country, is not as modern than the U.S., and they tend to have different views on topics, including the treatment of women. According to statistics, India is the fourth worst country for a woman to live in because of lack of safety and human rights. I wanted to look deeper into it and see the specific ways as to how women are mistreated in India, and knowing more than general gender differences in society.

While researching this topic, I found many interesting ways women are unequal in India. The discrimination begins even before birth, where tens of thousands of female fetuses are aborted simply because of preference for boys. Boys are expected to grow up and have jobs and be the leader of the household, while women are married off before the age of 18. Once they are married, it is found that many women are subjected to domestic violence because most men belief that it is okay to beat their wives. If their own homes are not safe, the streets are worse, with the possibility of being raped or beaten at any time. However, when they are raped, there is a chance that police officers will not care, especially if they are poor. Women are constantly being abused but if they are poor, or even just a wealthy female, they usually do not get justice for the evils that men do to them on a daily basis. However, there are some rules that try to improve this situation, such as each employer needing to have a committee where a woman can complain if they experience sexual abuse, or attempts to include more women in parliament so their voices can be heard. There are even more laws made in an attempt to help women: "The Indian government has also passed various legislation—including the Hindu Marriage Act, the Hindu Succession Act, the Dowry Prohibition Act, the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, Indecent Representation of Women Prevention Act, and the Sati Prevention Act—to safeguard the dignity, control of sexuality, and reproductive rights of women." Changes are also being made in schools, where young boys and girls are taught about how they are equal human beings but girls are treated differently. Their goal is by learning about gender abuse, to make it less likely for boys to do it when they’re older, and for girls to speak up about it if they do experience it. Therefore, the answer to myquestion is that india does not respect and follow the idea of gender equality. Women are hardly thought of as human beings and are abused all their lives. Although there are some changes made to try to change the struggles women face, it is not enough because they are still unsafe in their own country.

As a result of my research, i am simply curious about what life for a woman is like in India on a daily basis. Now I know of the abuse they face, but I still do not know what they grow through every day and if it is the same for all women. The answer explains why it is important for America to know about the legacy of Hinduism because in this religions, each person has their own dharma. If a woman’s dharma is to support her husband, then she has no choice but to follow it because even if she struggles, once she completes it she will be reunited with Brahman. If other people know about this, they will understand why it is harder for women to leave their marriage or become something other than a wife and speak out in society.

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