Posted on November 8, 2018
As humans we all have the right to express ourselves freely but even in the 21st century, women find it difficult to break all the personal limitations established by the society. India, the country of rich cultural heritage and diversity has regarded women with respect and dignity since the ancient times. However, with the fast paced economic development, the gap between opportunities available for men and women have increased. We believe that this is the era of women empowerment, but do we promote their participation in all areas and sectors to build gender equality? Currently, according to the survey of Delhi government’s Women and Child Development Department, around 80% of the women in national capital have fear regarding their safety. While writing this research I am interested to question if there is a relation between the safety of women and the socio-cultural arrangements that exclude women from participation or contact with the realms of power?
By looking at the crimes against women in India such as rape cases, acid attacks, etc, the safety of women has been questioned. The reasons stated for such violence include arguments such as wearing inappropriate clothes or staying out of the home till late at night. Being from India myself, I would want to explore more about the data regarding the reasons for violent incidents against women while looking for national policies and constitutional rights that have been developed over the years to support the safety of women, along with the role that the “Me Too Movement” have played in bringing about a change. Answering this, would allow me to understand some of the possible solutions. My claim here is that women should have equal freedom as men when it comes to exercising basic human rights such as living according to their own preferences and the counter claim for this is that women should be responsible for their own safety and abide by the societal rules developed over a period of time.
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This article highlights two disturbing evidences that took place in India. The first one being crime against women and the second one being their declining rate of labour force over the last three decades. It has been argued that there remains an inconsistency in finances due to crime against women which is why women are unable to work far away from home.
I wish to provide this article as a reliable source in my research as the data presented here was particularly shocking for me to read. The following news article describes the physical violence against women and provides facts about the development in India that took place after the 2012 rape case. It mentions the little role played by the government in providing safety to the women.
The following news article outlines the interventions that were taken by the Women and Child development in order to enhance the safety of women and it mentions various other projects that were initiated for executing their ideas.
I chose Thomas Reuters Foundation as the source for my survey as it showed the top ten countries where women were harassed, India stood on the first place in the 2018 survey. I works on the polling system provided by various countries upon various types of misconducts such as health issues, sexual violence and non-sexual violence etc.