Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Women in India
Indian women, "Why are you born, my daughter, when I wanted a boy? Get out of the sea fill your bucket: May you fall in and drown thee", popular songs of India ...
Indeed, the birth of a daughter in India is considered a curse. Thus, discrimination against women affects all sectors of social life, all periods of his life:
1) The birth.
Although few families willing to host a baby girl. Thus the practice of feticide (where it is possible to know, by ultrasound or other method of sex of the unborn baby) and infanticide are common. The preferential treatment given to male children is obvious from the beginning of life.
2) From 6 years.
Many girls find their mother, the world of prostitution. At eight years she became independent! They are thrown onto the sidewalk to rid the house and become a means to bring in money in the family. Many girls of this age die due to ill health or not administered intentionally limited.
3) From 10 to 14 years.
They bear the brunt of adolescence: they are forced into marriage, they are the subject of donations to monasteries (the traditional Davadasi: offering young girls to gods) where they become the sexual slave of the priest. Rape by their own spouses are also innumerable everyday and are the ransom of thousands of oppressed women.
Justice does not consider domestic rape in the same manner as rape outside marriage, spouses do not face punishment real. Trafficking in women and girls is extremely prolific to neighboring countries, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the West. Thus, sex tourism can develop and achieve even more inhumane proportions.
4) The rest of their lives.
Oppressed to the smallest particle of their being, Indian women have, as an adult, no guarantee of enjoying their rights and their freedom as well as men. They are subject to laws on personal status based on religious norms that reinforce inequality compared to men in divorce, basic social rights and inheritance rights.
During this period, too, that many married women are ready to be murdered by their husbands (or future) with the complicity of the family of it because the girl's dowry is insufficient! This monstrous act is, once again, rooted in Indian tradition ...
On the other hand, the rape of women is so common, it has been classified into nine categories: community, community, particularly regarding the minor girls, married, committed by members of the army or Police, in institutions (hospitals, remand prisons), in a situation of economic dependence, within political organizations.
5) For women who have escaped this outrageous discrimination during the first two thirds of their lives, they still have the anxiety of waiting for the death of their spouses who sign in many cases (especially in villages) they own death. It is still common practice of sati or widow immolation should of itself (often forced) on the pyre is burning the remains of her husband.
This practice does not only affect elderly widows but also young wives whose husbands may die prematurely. Other practices have as short as the systematic killing of women suspected of witchcraft.
The government, although he showed some willingness to change the laws to try to sway opinion toward greater humanity against women is hampered by the weight of tradition and the collective consciousness that are still too powerful.
Despite this, some women manage to escape the shackles of patriarchy and find themselves "Women laborers" in the streets of major cities. A fragile freedom that is unknown to them and gives them dizzy ...