By Swati Vashishta,
Women are known as the ‘better half’ only because without them the family doesn’t get formed. Therefore, this apparently respectable looking caption has been given to them. But are they really ‘the better half?’ Not so, as far as the Indian society is concerned. The Indian womanhood ever from the days of fore – even from the days of Ramayana and Mahabharata has remained a pawn to be played with at the male member’s will.
Sita and Draupadi are two examples so glaring. The one could be sentenced to an ‘Agni Pariksha’ and then to an ‘Exile’ and the other one lost to the opponent as a pawn of the dice.
Education for women was far a cry even in the urban society till about the first quarter of this century; though of course, there had been very learned women during the ancient times like Gargi and Maitreyi – but these were exceptions not the rule.
Even after the freedom struggle of our country got launched women began coming up in the forefront both as partakers in the freedom struggle and also in the field of education. But as compared to men their number remained just negligible. Mostly, home had been treated as the rightful field in the Indian society and the four walls of the house as an area of their functioning.
If we compare the current status of women than the ancient time, we can say that really the condition is improving gradually. Women are being professional, bread-earners for their families and an independently thinking individual of the country even after only being responsible for many responsibilities of the life. Traditional Indian women have started proving themselves more skilled and competent in many professions than men. And, day by day the situation is improving fast by breaking all the barriers of the way.
The Indian government also has played great role in the women empowerment by implementing various rules and regulations. The ancient time trends such as female foeticide, dowry deaths, early child marriage, domestic abuse, child labour, sexual harassment, etc have been banned by the government which has really improved the status of women in the society. To give womanhood their proper and proportionate place more education and enlightenment among them is required. It is worth mentioning that education and skills pay a vital and important role in the nation’s evolution and advancement. No nation can be developed without education and skills. Women being the integral part of our society foster infants. An infant gets his first education and training in the lap of a woman and if women are not educated it means that we are depriving of infants from their beginning education and training.