Independence Day 2017: How Independent Indian Women Have Become?
15 August 2017
The status of Indian women has wholly changed since Independence. The changes have provided equality of opportunities to women in all the sectors. Women today have an active participation in education, employment and politics.
Post-Independence things were totally different for women in our country. Many Indian women were exploited and after Independence, to a great extent, the exploitation was reduced.
Women were given more freedom and better orientation to pursue their interest field. Before, when the women were not allowed to raise her voice even within the family matters, has turned out to be rulers of the nation.
Independence definitely brought huge changes for everyone, especially women. Today we are celebrating 70th Independence Day. And in these seventy years, women have turned out to be exceptionally great in each and every field.
Swami Vivekananda said, “It is impossible to think about the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved. It is impossible for a bird to fly on only one wing.”
Men and women are the wheels of a cart. With the absence of one, the other can hold on no longer. After Independence women achieved a prestige and honour, which was somewhere lost.
Even the patriarchal ideology for a woman being a homemaker and marriage being her ultimate destiny has changed up to some extent. Today’s women are strong and are entering professional fields, are independent and this independence could be only possible after our country’s Independence which granted equal rights to women.
Indian women slowly started recognizing their true potential. They started raising questions and asked for justice if ill-treatment was served to them. Today, whether it is politics, sports, entertainment, literature, technology, everywhere it’s women who power all along.
These changes have come over a period of time. Starting from zero and today reaching a scale where women are far better than men.
After the Independence, the Indian Constitution laid down some acts especially in favour of women so they receive the rights which are completely theirs but due to a section of society taken away from them. Various acts like The Hindu Marriage Act of 1955, The Hindu Women Right to Property Act of 1973, The Dowry Prohibition Act of 1961, The Equal Remuneration Act of 1976 and many more.
Indian Women are given much more respect than before. Not to deny, still, domestic violence is a subject that is debated on and often but during post independence, there were no social groups who helped. Now, at least women have started fighting for their rights.
No more the women need to hide within the veil. She can strongly carry herself in whatever outfit she wants to. No more the women need to end up being a housewife. She can start her extremely crazy journey after the marriage.
There are always pros and cons to any statement. Women have been sufferers but today they can fight back if they are suffering. Independence gave Indian women a courage that they had but didn’t realise. Independence gave Indian women a will to live their life on their own. Independence gave Indian women wisdom which somewhere was shattered by their own societies.
Women have been through a rollercoaster journey and their lives will never be easy. But God has gifted them immense power and strength to face any situation with head high.
India is the country where the major three sectors have always been headed and ruled by women. In Education, Goddess Saraswati. In Finance, Goddess Laxmi and in Defence Goddess Durga.
This rich land has empowered women and has allowed them to lead their life on own terms. This is the role of Independence which played a crucial role in the lives of Women.
On this 70th Independence Day, Team Women Of Courage wishes everyone a very happy independence day!
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