Of late we all have been hearing the rhetoric centered around women… But the question that arises time and again is WHO REALLY CARES?
In our society, where a woman isn’t assured her safety, she is expected to rely on others for her well-being.
In all times, women have been as much muse and poetry as she is flesh and blood.
Each time a voice is raised against it… some or the other authoritarian figure silences it in peculiar ways. Today’s women, even though living in twenty first century modern world, but she is conditioned to what poor Philomela was at the hands of cruel Tereus.
What change could we bring out in the condition of women in general, regardless of the few who could make a mark for themselves. But what about the others?
And yes… RESERVATION of seats for women is NOT A SOLUTION.
It makes us feel deprived of the confidence to live life on our own conditions. It is in turn a slavery to the idea of making women free.
Why do on Earth we need reservation?
Can’t men understand that they need to let us live?
Can’t others provide us a comfortable space to stand, sit, walk, work etc?
Can’t it be imbibed in people as a virtue to respect women?
Can’t the world function smoothly if a woman becomes an integral part of its functioning?
No earthquake will occur if we educate our women or give them their much deserved freedom to live on their conditions !!!
Time and again, through various policies and plans, Women are continued to be directed and controlled, and they are made to follow.
You want to know how? Let me provide you with one of my personal experience of Delhi Metro Services. But let me make it clear that this incident is not related to a particular city or person. It is an experience shared by all of us.
So, do you remember the last time you were about to board a metro and suddenly realised that the doors are to get closed within few seconds. The question that arises at this situation is… should i get into general coach or walk up to the ladies compartment and wait for another metro?
Why did such a dilemma arise?
People in the general coach aren’t going to eat you ! Nor are the ladies in the reserved coach angels from heaven who are going to save you from the evil hand.
It is the mentality that our social and administrative system has bestowed upon us.
We are as much safe and independent in a shared coach as we are in our reserved compartments.
Its a matter of choice and we have many.
To be categorized as a women who needs to be kept in a “touch me not zone” or “dare not touch zone” … the choice is all yours.
Similarly, we see dignifying images and portrayal of women by reinforcing the stereotypical roles of “Women”. The gratitude shown to women is nothing more than a genuine respect and gratefulness for abiding by the set norms. By thanking the women for working so hard day and night within the household as well outside, does no benefit than to reinforce the idea that conforming to the stereotypical roles idealizes a women.
We need love and care, as much as we want respect and dignity.
Women don’t ask for the world to rule over but for the world to look up to with confident eyes and a humble heart.